Liver Pathology in Autopsy Cases: A Retrospective Study in A Tertiary Care Center
Keywords:Autopsy , Fatty change, Cirrhosis, Hepatitis, Congestion, Steatohepatitis, autolysis
Background: Liver is the site of many diseases, many become symptomatic while few are diagnosed
only on autopsy. The cause of chronic liver disease varies in different geographic areas and influenced by
socioeconomic status, diet, life style and regional diseases.
Method: This retrospective study was carried out in a tertiary care hospital in the department of pathology
over a period of one year. A total of 40 cases of liver specimens, received as part of liver, constituted the
material for the study. All were autopsy cases and the organs were received in 10% formalin. Routine
grossing and staining with H&E stain were performed. Slides were analysed and the findings were noted in
Results: A total of 40 specimens were studied. Age ranges from new born to 70 years, with 92.5 % male
cases. 32.5% of cases were autolysed. 25% were showing chronic venous congestion followed by fatty
change (22.5%), hepatitis (12.5%). 2.5% each of cirrhosis, steatohepatitis and normal liver.
Conclusion: 1. Autopsy has an important role in identifying the cause of death.
- To overcome the autolysis of the specimen, the medical practitioner performing the autopsies should be
trained about how to carry post mortem and to preserve the viscera for histopathological examination so that
cause of death could be noted.
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