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A forensic autopsy is a series of tests and examinations performed on the body to determine thepresence of an injury and/or to identify any disease that may have caused or contributed to the death.This internal and external test/examination is done by a forensic pathologist who has been speciallytrained to recognize patterns of injury, collect evidence and investigate the circumstances surroundingthe death.During a forensic autopsy, it is necessary to thoroughly examine the body as well as the internal organs.The incisions needed to weigh and measure the organs are made in a manner that allows the funeraldirector to conceal them for the viewing service and funeral.Additionally, special tests are performed tocheck for the presence infectious diseases, alcohol, and/or drugs. A typical forensic autopsy takesapproximately 2-4 hours but may require additional time to complete these special tests.If these testsare needed, the death certificate will be issued with 'PENDING' as the cause of death while the MedicalExaminer obtains the test results.This allows the family to make arrangements for moving the body tothe funeral home and to schedule the funeral/burial.

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Pathology, Coroner, Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine

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