Why an autopsy is done

In most cases an autopsy will be necessary to provide medical information about a death. The benefit of an autopsy is that it will provide detailed information about the person's health and so will give an understanding of the various factors which may have contributed to the death. Even if the cause of death seems clear, the person may have had a medical condition which was not apparent during life.

This information can be important for family members trying to come to terms with the death. From a medical point of view, if the person died from an infection or genetic disease an autopsy can provide valuable information for other family members.

As an autopsy is the only reasonably certain method of determining why a person died, in some cases these are legal reasons why it is important that an autopsy be performed.

Although an autopsy is the only reasonably certain way of determining causes of deaths and usually the causes can be determined following an autopsy, there are rare cases when even an autopsy cannot provide this information.

Although an autopsy is the only reasonably certain way of determining causes of deaths and usually the causes can be determined following an autopsy, there are rare cases when even an autopsy cannot provide this information.

Last updated: 15-Jan-2014

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