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Rapid progression of infectious diseases can be an important factor in the onset of sudden death in Ontario. While an autopsy is an important method of assessing the cause of death in these situations, detection of the specific pathogen can be difficult. In this presentation, Dr. Pollanen will review the challenges faced in making such diagnoses as well as make recommendations for how to combine autopsy and laboratory methods in order to maximize the chances for a successful determination of the cause of death.
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Presenter: Dr. Michael Pollanen
Michael Pollanen is the Chief Forensic Pathologist for Ontario and Professor of
Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at U of T.
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