Incidental Neoplastic Tumours on Histo Pathology of Medico Legal Post Mortem Cases: A Ten Year Study
Keywords:Autopsy, Neoplasms, Histopathology, Statistics.
Background: Autopsy has been an important tool for detection of many rare lesions as well as studying
the course of such lesions, highlighting the cause of death and also helps in indirect collection of data for
mortality and forming health policies. Aim of present study was to detect the rate and type various neoplasms
which were either clinically undiagnosed or not the direct cause of death and their system wise analysis.
Material and Methods: This is a retrospective study conducted on viscera Received between year 2011-20
on 810 medico legal autopsy cases coming to Department of Pathology for histopathological examination.
Result: Out of 810 cases, 09 tumours were diagnosed (1.1%). In 6 cases, it was completely incidental
finding while in 03 cases history of malignancy was present. Tumours were mostly seen in older age group
Conclusion: The study concludes the importance of histopathologic study in autopsies in detection of
clinically undiagnosed neoplasms and evaluating the cause of death. Thus, autopsies also indirectly aid to
the true cancer incidence statistics.
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