Messages from the morgue to rheumatology: from Chagas disease to giant cell arteritis
Department of Rheumatology, University of Lund, Kioskgatan 3, SE-22185, Lund, Sweden
Arthritis Research & Therapy 2013, 15:131 doi:10.1186/ar4418Published: 23 December 2013
Autopsy rates have fallen from over 50% to less than 10% in recent decades. The drastic decline creates uncertainty regarding causes of death and has negative effects for research, training, and patient safety, despite advances in imaging and laboratory testing. Rheumatology is as much at a loss as other specialties. Examples are given of important missed diagnoses revealed only at autopsy.