Autopsy in suspected COVID-19 cases.

A new interesting article has been published in J Clin Pathol. 2020 Mar 20. pii: jclinpath-2020-206522. doi: 10.1136/jclinpath-2020-206522. [Epub ahead of print] Review and titled:

Autopsy in suspected COVID-19 cases.

Authors of this article are:

Hanley B, Lucas SB, Youd E, Swift B, Osborn M.

A summary of the article is shown below:

The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-coronavirus-2 (CoV-2) outbreak in Wuhan, China, has now spread to many countries across the world including the UK with over 3000 deaths as of early March 2020. This will inevitably lead to an increase in the number of suspected coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-related deaths at autopsy. The Royal College of Pathologists has responded to this concern with the release of guidelines on autopsy practice relating to COVID-19. The following article is a summary and interpretation of these guidelines. It includes a description of hazard group 3 organisms to which SARS-CoV-2 has been assigned, a brief description of what is currently known about the pathological and autopsy findings in COVID-19, a summary of the recommendations for conducting autopsies in suspected COVID-19 cases and the techniques for making the diagnosis at autopsy. It concludes by considering the clinicopathological correlation and notification of such cases.© Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2020. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.

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