Describe: Cause of death
Injury/diseae that BEGAN the squence of events that led to the death
Describe: Contributory cause
A previously condition that could have contriubuted to the death of the animal
Describe: Mechanism of death
Biochemical/Physiological abnormality the resulted the death
Describe: Manner of death
How long do you have to do a PM before you should freeze the body?
3 days - remember that this will alter some things in the body
Why does the body become flaccid after death?
Loss of stimuli
Why does the body become rigid after death?
Calcium ions leak from extracellular fluid
Continue to move muscle fibers
Disengage tropomyosin + troponin from mysoin
Without ATP cannot detach and muscles remain contracted
Why does the body become flaccid after being rigid once death occurs?
Autolysis of the cells - fibers loosen
What causes faster rigor?
What causes there to be no rigor + slow to rigor?
What is the sequence of rigor?
Eyelids, tail, digits
Distal limb to proximal
How long is the rigor onset?
2 to 4 hours
When does corneal clouding occur?
25 hours post-mortem
What will cause corneal clouding to disappear?
How long does it take for the body temp to become the same as the ambient temperature?
24 to 48 hours
What are three basic things that should be looked at in order to determine if neglect has occured?
Gastric + Intestinal content
Hydration of MM, eyes shrunken
When is it best to use x-rays for a post-morteum examination?
Gun shot wounds