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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 4

Association between having undergone autopsy and demographic characteristics of decedents 1–49 years of age and clinicopathologic syndrome for unexplained deaths possibly resulting from infectious causes, Arizona*

Characteristic No. (%) decedents No. (%) autopsies Adjusted odds ratio (95% CI)
Total 2,097 (100.0) 696 (33.2)
Race
White 1,648 (78.6) 580 (35.2) Reference
Black 148 (7.1) 53 (35.8) 1.0 (0.7–1.5)
Other† 301 (14.4) 63 (20.9) 0.5 (0.4–0.7)
Age group, y
1–17 211 (10.1) 94 (44.5) 1.9 (1.4–2.6)
18–39 728 (34.7) 277 (38.0) 1.6 (1.3–2.0)
40–49 1,158 (55.2) 325 (28.1) Reference
Syndrome
Gastrointestinal 25 (1.2) 15 (60.0) 1.8 (0.8–4.1)
Neurologic 54 (2.6) 28 (51.9) 1.2 (0.7–2.1)
Respiratory 319 (15.2) 142 (44.5) 0.9 (0.7–1.2)
Cardiovascular 213 (10.2) 59 (27.7) 0.4 (0.3–0.6)
Sepsis/shock 428 (20.4) 62 (14.5) 0.2 (0.2–0.3)
Multisyndrome 348 (16.6) 56 (16.1) 0.2 (0.2–0.3)
Unknown/other 710 (33.9) 334 (47.0) Reference

*By multivariate logistic regression analysis. Numbers reflect decedents for whom autopsy information was available; autopsy status was not available for 0.2% of the 2,102 persons who died of unexplained causes. Variables are independently associated with autopsy.
†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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