Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar
versão On-line ISSN 1561-3046
MONTERO GONZALEZ, Teresita et al. Causal factors of multiple organ damage in 11 307 autopsies performed in "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto" Higher Institute of Military Medicine. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2008, vol.37, n.1, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1561-3046.
The multiple organ damage is a set of frequent morphological disorders in critical patients, associated with causal factors, where it mainly occurs an immunological damage that concatenates with a systemic damage and that according to its intensity it may evolve towards immediate death, recurs or manifest with a syndrome of multiple organ damage. This paper was aimed at identifying the behavior and the relation of the causal factors of the multiple organ damage in the autopsies of adults performed in "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto" Higher Institute of Military Medicine. 13 910 deceased were retrospectively studied between 1962 and 2004, of them 11 307 were over 16 according to the SARCAP database. They were divided into study groups according to the causal factors. For the diagnosis, it was considered the presence of causal factors, 3 or more affected organs that were excluded when they presented previous lesions related to multiple organ damage, and only severe sepsis was assessed. It was proved how the multiple organ damage was related to the causal factors triggering them, and it was also concluded that avoiding the action of the causal factors would contribute to prolong the patients' life if therapeutical measures attenuating the systemic inflammatory response and the multiple organ damage were taken, since their prevention may save lives.
Palavras-chave : Multiple organ damage; autopsy; trauma; sepsis.