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 spokesman for Hampshire police said: "A post-mortem examination has been carried out and we are now awaiting the results.
A Home Office post-mortem examination began at 1pm yesterday.
Dr Patel was found guilty of serious misconduct and suspended for four months over his post-mortem examination reports in 2002 into the death of a victim of so-called "Camden Ripper" Anthony Hardy.
THE pathologist who botched the post-mortem examination on newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson, who died in the G20 riots, was yesterday banned from working as a doctor.
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.
A post-mortem examination showed Geraldine Allen, 56, died from multiple stab wounds while results are awaited on her mother, Maureen, 81, but they are expected to confirm a similar cause of death.
The paper says that the post-mortem examination rate for England and Wales of 110,000 coronial autopsies for every 500,000 deaths is "between double and triple the rate in other jurisdictions.
MUSCAT: The body of Beebi Lumada, who died at Muscat International Airport on Friday, will be flown to her native place in Kerala today evening if post-mortem examination is completed and the Indian Embassy gets possession of the body.
The report of the July 30 inspection raised serious concerns about practices, procedures and facilities at the mortuary, including: No records of tissues or organs retained during a post-mortem examination for further tests; No information about when or how the samples would be disposed of; Concerns about the cleanliness of the mortuary.
When the preliminary post-mortem examination results were returned, police arrested a man in his early 20s on suspicion of murder, but he was later released pending further investigation.
A post-mortem examination to establish the cause of the 33-year-old's sudden death was expected to be carried out today.
NO charges will be brought against the husband of a pensioner with Parkinson's disease found dead at her nursing home after a post-mortem examination showed she died of natural causes, police said.