post-mortem examination


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post-mortem examination

or

autopsy,

systematic examination of a cadaver for study or for determining the cause of death. Post-mortems use many methodical procedures to determine the etiology and pathogenesis of diseases, for epidemologic purposes, for establishment of genetic causes, and for family counsel. Post-mortems may be performed at the request of the authorities in cases of unexplained and suspicious death or where death was not attended by a physician. In other circumstances post-mortem examination may be performed only with the consent of the deceased's family or with permission granted by the person himself before death. These examinations are more frequently being used for the acquiring of organs and tissues for transplantation. Valuable medical information can be learned from a post-mortem examination. Legionnaire's disease, for example, was discovered as a result of autopsies, and improved safety standards have resulted from the examination of the bodies of crash victims.
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A force spokesman said: "The man's next of kin are still in the process of being traced and a post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course to establish the cause of his death.
During the post-mortem examination, Dr Cary and his colleagues wore two white safety suits, protective gloves taped at the sleeves and specialised hoods, into which air was piped through a filter.
Later, Mohammad Abu Khdair's father, Hussain Abu Khdair, said he had been told a post-mortem examination was still taking place.
Police said they were waiting for more test results from a post-mortem examination that took place on Friday.
The medic's actions were found to be misleading, dishonest and liable to bring his profession into disrepute over parts of his handling of the post-mortem examination of Ian Tomlinson.
A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said: "The results of a post-mortem examination conducted at Southampton General Hospital have indicated that there are no suspicious circumstances.
The pathologist distinguished between "physical trauma" and "emotional trauma", which he said could not be measured in a post-mortem examination.
Our officers have visited the place and now the body is being shifted to the Goa Medical College for post-mortem examination.
A post-mortem examination has taken place but further tests are needed to establish the cause of death.
Sheriff's homicide investigators have placed a security hold on information related to the post-mortem examination, officials said.
Ms Stevens, of Dumfries, says she agreed to a post-mortem examination after a friend was told it would help other babies born with the same problem.
LARKANA -- Relatives of a 20-year-old man, who was found dead in his employer's office on Thursday, went on the rampage at the casualty department of the Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) over delay in the performance of his post-mortem examination.