Clinical post-mortem examination usually carried out when the deceased died by natural causes

Clinical post-mortem examination usually carried out when the deceased died by natural causes. The examination will be requested by the hospital doctor or the family of the deceased. According to RB Kotabagi (2005), the aims of this type of post-mortem is to determine the nature of the disease when diagnosis before death does not help therefore need to gain better understanding about the disease. However, it can only be carried out with consent either from the deceased themselves (before death) or from the deceased family members. This type of post-mortem usually has certain limits on which organs and tissues are allowed to be taken for further examination.
A post-mortem examination usually conducted quickly in two to four days’ time since the death of the deceased. During post-mortem, some tissue samples and organs needed will be taken out from the body and kept by the pathologist for further detail examination in order to get the best result. Some examinations, depends on the case, would take several weeks or even months to complete. For example, for some cases that the deceased have complex disease that need thorough examination such as Alzheimer’s disease, the brain will be sent to special unit for further examination. After the post-mortem completed, the pathologist will put the organs back to the body. The body can only be return to the family member when the pathologist have referred the post-mortem report to the Coroner or the responsible medical staffs. Usually, pathology reports contain the medical history of the deceased, their death situation, the description of the internal organs and the external condition of the body, and the information of other tests that have been conducted on the body.

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