The value of postmortem microbiology cultures

Stefan Riedel

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Since the inception of evidence-based scientific concepts in medicine in the 19th century, the utility of postmortem microbiologic examinations has been a topic of controversy. For every study describing a lack of correlation between antemortem clinical and laboratory findings and postmortem culture results, there is equal evidence from other studies that indicates at least some limited utility in select cases. While the contributions of autopsies and postmortem microbiologic examinations in the discovery of novel infectious microorganisms are generally appreciated by the medical and scientific societies, the problems of implementing routine procedures in daily autopsy practice clearly relate to the lack of consensus on their broader utility as well as to a lack of regulatory guidelines. This review provides an overview of the literature-based evidence regarding the utility of postmortem microbiologic examinations together with some practical aspects and guidelines for those confronted with the issue of whether to allow or discourage the use of bacteriologic cultures obtained during autopsies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1028-1033
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Microbiology
Autopsy
Guidelines
Medical Societies
Medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Medicine(all)

Cite this

The value of postmortem microbiology cultures. / Riedel, Stefan.

In: Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Vol. 52, No. 4, 2014, p. 1028-1033.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Riedel, Stefan. / The value of postmortem microbiology cultures. In: Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 2014 ; Vol. 52, No. 4. pp. 1028-1033.
@article{21845594b49a4517ab240a574130173e,
title = "The value of postmortem microbiology cultures",
abstract = "Since the inception of evidence-based scientific concepts in medicine in the 19th century, the utility of postmortem microbiologic examinations has been a topic of controversy. For every study describing a lack of correlation between antemortem clinical and laboratory findings and postmortem culture results, there is equal evidence from other studies that indicates at least some limited utility in select cases. While the contributions of autopsies and postmortem microbiologic examinations in the discovery of novel infectious microorganisms are generally appreciated by the medical and scientific societies, the problems of implementing routine procedures in daily autopsy practice clearly relate to the lack of consensus on their broader utility as well as to a lack of regulatory guidelines. This review provides an overview of the literature-based evidence regarding the utility of postmortem microbiologic examinations together with some practical aspects and guidelines for those confronted with the issue of whether to allow or discourage the use of bacteriologic cultures obtained during autopsies.",
author = "Stefan Riedel",
year = "2014",
doi = "10.1128/JCM.03102-13",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "52",
pages = "1028--1033",
journal = "Journal of Clinical Microbiology",
issn = "0095-1137",
publisher = "American Society for Microbiology",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The value of postmortem microbiology cultures

AU - Riedel, Stefan

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - Since the inception of evidence-based scientific concepts in medicine in the 19th century, the utility of postmortem microbiologic examinations has been a topic of controversy. For every study describing a lack of correlation between antemortem clinical and laboratory findings and postmortem culture results, there is equal evidence from other studies that indicates at least some limited utility in select cases. While the contributions of autopsies and postmortem microbiologic examinations in the discovery of novel infectious microorganisms are generally appreciated by the medical and scientific societies, the problems of implementing routine procedures in daily autopsy practice clearly relate to the lack of consensus on their broader utility as well as to a lack of regulatory guidelines. This review provides an overview of the literature-based evidence regarding the utility of postmortem microbiologic examinations together with some practical aspects and guidelines for those confronted with the issue of whether to allow or discourage the use of bacteriologic cultures obtained during autopsies.

AB - Since the inception of evidence-based scientific concepts in medicine in the 19th century, the utility of postmortem microbiologic examinations has been a topic of controversy. For every study describing a lack of correlation between antemortem clinical and laboratory findings and postmortem culture results, there is equal evidence from other studies that indicates at least some limited utility in select cases. While the contributions of autopsies and postmortem microbiologic examinations in the discovery of novel infectious microorganisms are generally appreciated by the medical and scientific societies, the problems of implementing routine procedures in daily autopsy practice clearly relate to the lack of consensus on their broader utility as well as to a lack of regulatory guidelines. This review provides an overview of the literature-based evidence regarding the utility of postmortem microbiologic examinations together with some practical aspects and guidelines for those confronted with the issue of whether to allow or discourage the use of bacteriologic cultures obtained during autopsies.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84897134529&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84897134529&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1128/JCM.03102-13

DO - 10.1128/JCM.03102-13

M3 - Article

C2 - 24403308

AN - SCOPUS:84897134529

VL - 52

SP - 1028

EP - 1033

JO - Journal of Clinical Microbiology

JF - Journal of Clinical Microbiology

SN - 0095-1137

IS - 4

ER -