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Volume 18, Number 4—April 2012

CME ACTIVITY - Research

Determinants for Autopsy after Unexplained Deaths Possibly Resulting from Infectious Causes, United States

Lindy LiuComments to Author , Laura S. Callinan, Robert C. Holman, and Dianna M. Blau
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 3

Characteristics of decedents 1–49 years of age and autopsies conducted for unexplained deaths possibly resulting from infectious causes, United States*

Characteristic No. (%) decedents No. (%) autopsies
Overall 96,242 (100) 38,332 (39.8)
Sex
  M 57,238 (59.5) 23,753 (41.5)
  F 39,004 (40.5) 14,579 (37.4)
Race
  White 69,053 (71.7) 28,125 (40.7)
  Black 23,657 (24.6) 9,006 (38.1)
  Other† 3,532 (3.7) 1,201 (34.0)
Age group, y
  1–17 8,844 (9.2) 4,468 (50.5)
  18–39 34,382 (35.7) 16,640 (48.4)
  40–49 53,016 (55.1) 17,224 (32.5)
Syndrome
  Gastrointestinal 1,736 (1.8) 837 (48.2)
  Neurologic 1,765 (1.8) 676 (38.3)
  Respiratory 15,229 (15.8) 5,607 (36.8)
  Cardiovascular 12,487 (13.0) 4,404 (35.3)
  Sepsis/shock 20,762 (21.6) 3,298 (15.9)
  Multisyndrome 12,371 (12.9) 2,688 (21.7)
  Unknown/other 31,892 (33.1) 20,822 (65.3)

*Numbers reflect decedents for whom autopsy information was available; autopsy information was not available for 13.4% of the 111,160 persons who died of unexplained causes.
†American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Other Asian, Native Hawaiian, Guamanian or Chamorro, Samoan, other Pacific Islander, and other.

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