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Is there any reason other than creamation, that an autopsy would not be preformed?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cost & infection

A family can request an autopsy if the person died in a hospital.
However, the rate of autopsies has decreased, in part, because hospitals do not get paid to do autopsies. An autopsy can be done before a body is cremated. Some times hospitals may not do an autopsy if there are no questions about the disease and/or if the person has a communicable disease.

In brief: Cost & infection

A family can request an autopsy if the person died in a hospital.
However, the rate of autopsies has decreased, in part, because hospitals do not get paid to do autopsies. An autopsy can be done before a body is cremated. Some times hospitals may not do an autopsy if there are no questions about the disease and/or if the person has a communicable disease.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Family wishes

If the death is not a public health concern or one that must be investigated because of suspicion of homicide or because there will be medicolegal implications, in most jurisdictions the family can decide.
As a pathologist i encourage families to have the procedure done and am sorry that it's more difficult to get nowadays. An embalmed body can be autopsied years later.

In brief: Family wishes

If the death is not a public health concern or one that must be investigated because of suspicion of homicide or because there will be medicolegal implications, in most jurisdictions the family can decide.
As a pathologist i encourage families to have the procedure done and am sorry that it's more difficult to get nowadays. An embalmed body can be autopsied years later.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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