Table of ContentsDefinition / general
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Definition / general
- Circumstances of death need to be reported by the Forensic pathologist (FP) based on information provided by law enforcement personnel who are familiar with the death scene
- Depending on the case, the FP can obtain crucial information at the death scene or by a phone call to law enforcement investigators
- Asking specific questions related to the case will help provide clues to Cause / Manner of Death (COD / MOD)
- Specific questions related to the decedent's past (medical history, recent surgeries, state of mental health, drug / alcohol abuse, etc.) may reduce the need to perform a complete autopsy when only toxicology analysis is required to determine COD / MOD