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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Sherry Bray, 49, and Christopher Ashford, 62, appeared at Swindon Crown Court yesterday where they admitted accessing CCTV footage of Sala's post-mortem examination.
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Police said yesterday that a post-mortem examination was to take place.
The man's next of kin have been informed, while formal identification and a post-mortem examination are to be arranged in due course.
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Ahead of the post-mortem examination, police in Spain said "everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes".
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.
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.
A PATHOLOGIST was struck off yesterday after he botched the post-mortem examination of the body of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson who died during the G20 riots.
A MAN and woman arrested in connection with the death of a six-year-old girl at a campsite in Hampshire have tonight been released with no charge after a post-mortem examination found no suspicious circumstances, Hampshire Police said.