A post-mortem examination will be carried out if it’s been requested by: a coroner – because the cause of death is unknown, or following a sudden, violent or unexpected death.
a hospital doctor – to find out more about an illness or the cause of death, or to further medical research and understanding.
Is post mortem mandatory?
This is standard procedure and is not a cause for concern. The Coroner may ask for a post-mortem examination to be carried out in order to establish the cause of death. In this case, the post-mortem is compulsory and must take place before the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death can be issued.
Does everyone get autopsy when they die?
Although laws vary, nearly all states call for an autopsy when someone dies in a suspicious, unusual, or unnatural way. Many states have one done when a person dies without a doctor present.
How is post mortem done?
A coroner decides whether a post mortem should be done to find out what caused the person’s death. For a lesser post mortem, the pathologist only examines the body externally or a particular part of the body or sometimes it involves taking a small sample of blood or urine, for example.
How long after death can an autopsy be done?
As long as the body exists, it can be autopsied. A pathologist can obtain much more information from a freshly deceased body, and hospital-based autopsies are usually performed within 24 hours of a person’s death to minimize the effects of decomposition.