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Transcript of Pathology
by examining a corpse.
- This procedure is known as an autopsy.
- The main purpose of a forensic pathologist is to identify a disease or injury that caused the death of the individual. UNNATURAL. SUSPICIOUS. DISEASE. INJURY. Every individual who dies does not get an autopsy.
Autopsies are usually performed on individuals who are a part of mysterious cases or where causes of death is not evident. What does a forensic pathologist determine during an autopsy? Cause of Death Time of death Weapon Used Pre-Existing
Conditions Effects of
Undetermined The evidence revealed during the inspection of stomach contents can help estimate the time of death of the deceased by determining the stage of food digestion. Inspecting the... EVIDENCE! When a person died: More Time = Less Accurate Body Temperature
Stiffness of corpse The pathologist record the temperature of the body,
the temperature at the scene of crime, and the weight of
the victim which are
then applied to a
formula designed to
predict the time since
death. Rigor Mortis Rigor mortis occurs as the muscles in the body begin to stiffen from a lack of blood and oxygen.
First becomes apparent in the eyelids and jaws of the victim and spreads throughout the whole body in about six to twelve hours. Livor Mortis Livor mortis is a settling of the blood in the lower portion of the body, causing a purplish red
discoloration of the skin.
This discoloration of the skin is caused when the heart is no longer agitating the blood and heavy red blood cells sink through the serum by action of gravity.
This discoloration does not occur in the areas
of the body that are in contact with the ground or another object. includes the evaluation of tissues, surgical, and cytopathology.
disagnose malignany conditions of the cells.
includes any structural alterations of the body. Clinical pathology is the evaluation of body fluids such as blood and urine.
Laboratory help is required in this area of
pathology. examine and document wounds and injuries such as bullet wounds and stab wounds.
Tissue is collected and examined under a microscope to identify the
presence or absence of natural diseases.
Microscopic examination can show gunpowder particles and signs of
disease. In the court room any evidence revealed during and autopsy is the least difficult of all scientific evidence in terms of admissibility. Why? Because forensic evidence does not lie.