coronial autopsy

coronial autopsy

A 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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Bruising is a significant marker for other injuries in infants presenting to coronial autopsy, and homicide occurs more commonly in this group, conclude the authors.
More specifically, Wilson (1998:49), citing an appeal in a Western Australian court against a coronial autopsy, includes affidavit material that maintains that 'if the body of the child is cut up then that will mean that his spirit will not rest according to our belief.
The forensic or coronial autopsy has been described as a coercive process, since it takes place by force of law and, unlike hospital or clinical autopsies, irrespective of the wishes of the family of the deceased (Segal 2006:101).