Autopsy
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What is Autopsy?

An autopsy is a surgical procedure to examine the body and its internal organs after death.

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
 
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