Table of ContentsDefinition / general
Cite this page: Tops TL. Final autopsy diagnosis (FAD). PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/forensicsautopsyFAD.html. Accessed January 22nd, 2019.
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.
- Decomposition, marbling, skin slippage, etc.
Identifying body marks
- Tattoos on the arms, forearms, right calf, etc.
- Can be broken down by volatiles (ethanol in blood and vitreous fluid) and drugs (medications or illicit drugs found in blood or urine)