Flashcards in Post mortem changes Deck (10):
What early changes occur to the body, after death
What is hypostasis
the accumulation of fluid or blood in the lower parts of the body or organs under the influence of gravity, when circulation ceases
What late changes occur to the body, after some time has passed after death
Decomposition & autolysis
What factors affect the rate of temperature degradation
Initial body temperature
Air movement & humidity
Medium surrounding the body
What causes rigor mortis
Stiffening & shortening of muscle fibres
Leads to rigidity of musculature & fixation of the joints
What is autolysis?
Endogenous proteolytic degeneration
What is mummification?
Desiccation of the body with a relative lack of bacterial involvement
What is adipocere?
When fatty tissue within the body changes into a greasy/waxy or brittle material which often remains attached to the skeleton
Tends to occur in wet environments