(Received 8 August 1988; accepted 25 April 1989)
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The radiographs of 108 infants were analyzed prospectively before autopsy to correlate radiographic findings with those found at the postmortem examination. There was poor correlation between radiographs and autopsy findings when pulmonary pathology was present, and there was no gut pathology when radiographs revealed portal venous air. The radiographs were most helpful when either bony abnormalities (that is, fractures or congenital abnormalities) or free air were found before autopsy.
Assistant professor of pathology and pediatrics, Department of Pathology, Little Rock, AK
Associate professor of radiology and chief, Pediatric Radiology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM
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