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Revista Archivo Médico de Camagüey

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PIAMO-MORALES, Alberto José et al. The autopsy and pathological clinical correlation: an exercise that strengthens medicine. AMC [online]. 2020, vol.24, n.5, e6887.  Epub 28-Oct-2020. ISSN 1025-0255.


the discrepancy indexes and the coincidence of the causes of death in clinical and morphological diagnosis are, in an indirect way, indicators of the quality of medical care.


to describe the importance of the autopsy, as well as general aspects of the clinical-pathological correlation.


a literature review in Spanish and English was carried out in PubMed, Hinari and SciELO databases from 2000 to 2019; 58 published documents were obtained, of which 27 were selected (10 original research articles, 12 reviews, 3 theses and 2 books).


autopsy allows the comparison of clinical and morphological findings; it is considered the final complement of the clinical investigation. As such, the autopsy is not simply a corrective measure of misdiagnosis with statistical purposes, but a monitoring of diagnosis procedures and techniques and knowledge refining.


the systematic analysis of mistakes and successes is an inexhaustible source of possibilities to better treat every new patient.

Palabras clave : AUTOPSY/standards; CAUSE OF DEATH/trends; DIAGNOSTIC ERRORS/prevention & control; CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS/diagnosis; REVIEW.

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