coronial autopsyA postmortem examination performed by a pathologist at the behest of the Coroner (UK).
Purpose of coronial autopsies
To consider and exclude homicide or unnatural death; provide an acceptable medical cause of death for registration purposes, based on the balance of probability; provide the correct medical cause of death and accurate data for national statistics; provide an account of sufficient, accurate detail to address any concerns from the next of kin and to be useful to them; provide detailed information for medical audit and explanation of events following medical interventions; and provide the basis for a publishable case report.
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