Autopsy-certified maternal mortality at Ile-Ife, Nigeria

An article – Autopsy-certified maternal mortality at Ile-Ife, Nigeria, by Amatare Dinyain, G Olutoyin Omoniyi-Esan, Olaejirinde O Olaofe, et al, published in the International Journal of Women’s Health 2014:6 41–46, reports on findings based on a retrospective review of post-mortem autopsies of maternal deaths at a hospital in Nigeria over a 5-year period. Whilst autopsies have been established as invaluable tools for preventing maternal deaths in various contexts, in Nigeria autopsies became pivotal for conducting confidential enquiries of maternal deaths. The study confirmed that the leading causes of death in this context were similar to those in other developing countries. An important aspect this study highlighted was the disparity it found between clinical and autopsy diagnoses in 34 out of the 84 cases it studied. These discrepancies were identified across the various causes of maternal death. This article, too confirms that accurate diagnoses are important as they bear implications for the actions to be taken to improve maternal survival.

Dinyain A, Omoniyi-Esan GO, Olaofe OO, Sabageh D, Komolafe AO, Ojo OS (2014). Autopsy-certified maternal mortality at Ile-Ife, Nigeria, International Journal of Women’s Health, Volume 2014:6 Pages 41 – 46