Yonsei Med J.  2017 Sep;58(5):1055-1060. 10.3349/ymj.2017.58.5.1055.

Proposal Guidelines for Standardized Operating Procedures of Brain Autopsy: Brain Bank in South Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pathology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea. mclee@jnu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Neurology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Ajou University, Suwon, Korea.
  • 4Department of Neurology, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea.
  • 5Department of Neurology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea.
  • 6Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Brain Science and Engineering Institute, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.
  • 7Division of Brain Diseases, Center for Biomedical Sciences, Korea National Institute of Health, Osong, Korea.
  • 8Department of Forensic Medicine, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Yangsan, Korea.
  • 9Department of Pathology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. ylsuh76@skku.edu

Abstract

To obtain an in-depth understanding of brain diseases, including neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric illnesses, and neoplasms, scientific approach and verification using postmortem human brain tissue with or without disease are essential. Compared to other countries that have run brain banks for decades, South Korea has limited experience with brain banking; nationwide brain banks started only recently. The goal of this study is to provide provisional guidelines for brain autopsy for hospitals and institutes that have not accumulated sufficient expertise. We hope that these provisional guidelines will serve as a useful reference for pathologists and clinicians who are involved and interested in the brain bank system. Also, we anticipate updating the provisional guidelines in the future based on collected data and further experience with the practice of brain autopsy in South Korea.

Keyword

Dementia; neuropathology; guideline; standardization
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