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Medical Autopsy

• Performed in hospitals
• Consent must be obtained from next of kin
– Prioritized list of relationships on consent form
• External exam, internal examination of organ,


Forensic Autopsy

• Performed in Medical Examiner’s office, forensic pathologist
• “Medical Examiner Cases”
– Violent deaths:
• Suicide, accident, criminal violence
–Many other reasons as well


Why have autopsies declined?

Clinicians request less
– More confidence in modern diagnostic techniques
– Clinician discomfort with making request of grieving family

• Not informed of value
• Fear of being charged for autopsy


What are the benefits of autopsies?

- Tell you the accuracy of diagnosis
- Determine cause of death
- Identification of congenital or infectious disease

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