Autopsy Findings of 15,823 Natural Deaths in Accra, Ghana|
Muazzam, M.G.; Tette, Y. & Gyasi, R.
Autopsy was performed on 15,823 dead bodies in Accra, Ghana, who died of natural causes during 1981–1990.
Among the 11,531 adults, maximum died of Respiratory causes (22.64%) followed by causes in the Central Nervous system (19.81%), Cardio–vascular system (14.38%), Alimentary system (19.53%), Hepato–billary system (7.75%) and Urinary system (7.42%). The maximum cause or deaths among 2,476 children was anaemias (34.57%) which includes malaria, sickle cell disease and others, followed by the causes in the Respiratory (22.8G%), Alimentary (18.58%) and Central Nervous Systems (8.64%). The important causes of deaths among 1,816 Infants were Respiratory (35.79%), Alimentary (16.80%) and CNS (12.39%) diseases.
The leading causes of deaths among adults were CVA (13.93%), Lobar pneumonia (10.03%) and Hypertensive heart disease (7.54%). The Important causes of deaths among the children were Malaria (18.46%), Bronchopneumonia (11.95%) and sickle cell disease (6.34%), while among the infants the leading causes were Bronchopneumonia (25.26%), Gastro-enteritis (8.20%), Congenital heart diseases (6.72%), and Malaria (7.05%).
The leading malignant cause of death among the adults was Hepatoma (1.93%), Cancer head of the pancreas (0.78%), Brain tumour (0.66%), Cancer prostate (0.55%) and Cancer stomach (0.54%). Among the children, malignant causes accounted for 2.42%, while only one infant died of Hepatoblastoma.