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Indian Journal of Pathology and Oncology

Tuberculosis as a co-morbidity finding in medicolegal autopsies

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Author Details: Dina Mary .M, Arasi Rajesh, Suresh Durai J

Volume : 5

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-6792

Print ISSN : 2394-6784

Article First Page : 382

Article End Page : 384


India is the most tuberculosis prevalent country in the world. Many cases of active tuberculosis are diagnosed at autopsy. This study was aimed to determine the autopsy prevalence of tuberculosis over a period of 3 years at a tertiary care centre. Out of 801 cases of autopies done in 3 years, 27 cases (3.37%) had tuberculosis and 92.59% of cases were active tuberculosis. Most of the cases were seen in men of 40-50 years age group. There is an increasing trend in number of cases over the years. Autopsy cases of tuberculosis can be a source of transmission to health care providers in autopsy rooms and in pathology department. Complex clinical histories prevent the clinical diagnosis of tuberculosis, so clinicians should be sensitised and stringent screening for tuberculosis should be done in all patients with respiratory symptoms.

Keywords: Tuberculosis, Autopsy, Active tuberculosis.

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