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A Review of the Techniques and Guidelines in Adult Autopsies

Publication Type : Journal Article

Thematic Areas : Medical Sciences

Publisher : Saudi Journal of Medicine,

Source : Saudi Journal of Medicine, Volume 4, Issue 12, p.774-790 (2019)

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Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : Forensic Medicine

Year : 2019

Abstract : A medico-legal autopsy on an adult if performed completely and systematically, with a reasonable uniformity and clarity can help in the betterment of outcomes while providing justice. The pre-requisites prior to an autopsy, and a thorough external examination are very important before moving on with the internal examination. In many situations a proper external examination will be sufficient to give a medico-legal report; if done methodically. There are four types of skin incisions employed in a medico-legal autopsy to examine three body cavities. The internal examination can be done using four dissection techniques as outlined in the existing literature. Examination of brain, heart, neck structures, spinal column and genitalia are very important and requires an organized approach in order to not to miss salient findings. Finally, while closure of the cadaver the doctors must bear a very important fact in mind that the body on the table was once housed by a living being and hence s/he must be treated with the same respect and dignity as one would expect him/herself to be treated by others.

Cite this Research Publication : Anu Sasidharan and N.M., A. - K., “A Review of the Techniques and Guidelines in Adult Autopsies”, Saudi Journal of Medicine, vol. 4, no. 12, pp. 774-790, 2019.

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