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Forensic pathology

Forensic autopsy report

Final autopsy diagnosis (FAD)


Reviewer: Terrill L. Tops, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 3 February 2013, last major update January 2013
Copyright: (c) 2003-2013, PathologyOutlines.com, Inc.

General
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● 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, post-mortem changes, identifying body marks, and toxicology

COD (natural or unnatural)
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● Complications of hemorrhagic stroke, drowning, asphyxia by hanging, etc.

Natural diseases or pre-existing conditions
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● State any additional microscopic diagnoses here
● Hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, type II diabetes, etc.

Evidence of medical/surgical therapy
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● Cardiac pacemaker, internal fixation of left tibia, CABG, etc.

Post-mortem changes
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● Decomposition, marbling, skin slippage, etc.

Identifying body marks
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● Tattoos on the arms, forearms, right calf, etc.

Toxicology
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● Can be broken down by volatiles (ethanol in blood and vitreous fluid) and drugs (medications or illicit drugs found in blood or urine)

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