Flashcards in Pathology 4 - Autopsies Deck (5):
What are the three types of autopsy?
- MEDICOLEGAL (performed on behalf of HM coroner, no consent required)
- FORENSIC (used for suspicious deaths)
- CONSENT/HOSPITAL (requires consent from next of kin)
In what cases would a 'Coroner's autopsy' be carried out?
- if deceased is unknown
- deceased not seen by doctor within 14 days of death
- attending doctor not able to give cause of death
- obviously unnatural death
- death related to occupational disease/accident
- death related to medical treatment/procedure
- for people who are in care of the state eg. Prisoners
What are the stages of an autopsy?
- History (often limited)
- External examination (natural disease, injury, medical intervention)
- Internal examination (usually all systems, though in consent cases may be limited)
Give some examples of extra tests that may be done to accompany an autopsy
- histology (for confirming a diagnosis)
- toxicology (therapeutic/recreational drugs)
- biochemistry (diabetic/alcoholic ketoacidosis, renal failure)
- microbiology (bacteria, viruses, fungi)
- molecular (tests for genetic diseases)