Forensic pathology
Forensic autopsy report
Final autopsy diagnosis (FAD)

Author: Terrill L. Tops, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 11 January 2017, last major update January 2013

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Definition / General
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Definition / General
  • In outline form, the FAD summarizes the pertinent autopsy findings, categories may include: Cause of Death / COD (natural or unnatural), natural diseases or pre-existing conditions, evidence of medical / surgical therapy, postmortem changes, identifying body marks, and toxicology
COD (natural or unnatural)
  • Complications of hemorrhagic stroke, drowning, asphyxia by hanging, etc.
Natural diseases or pre-existing conditions
  • State any additional microscopic diagnoses here
  • Hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, type II diabetes, etc.
Evidence of medical / surgical therapy
  • Cardiac pacemaker, internal fixation of left tibia, CABG, etc.
Postmortem changes
  • Decomposition, marbling, skin slippage, etc.
Identifying body marks
  • Tattoos on the arms, forearms, right calf, etc.
Toxicology
  • Can be broken down by volatiles (ethanol in blood and vitreous fluid) and drugs (medications or illicit drugs found in blood or urine)