Reasons for Autopsy

When your doctor informs you that you need the Autopsy procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.


Why Autopsy is Performed

Reasons for Procedure

An autopsy is not done after every death. An autopsy may be performed at the request of the family or doctor. Reasons for autopsy include:

  • To answer questions about the health (prior to death) of the deceased
  • To determine the exact cause of death
  • To resolve legal or medical concerns


Learn what Autopsy is
What Is
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Reasons For Autopsy
Reasons For
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Autopsy Complications
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
Autopsy Details
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
Autopsy Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
When to Contact Doctor about Autopsy
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.

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