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The third stage of decomposition known as “Rigor Mortis” translates to “stiffness” [rigor] “of death” [mortis]. The stiffness in a body during the phase of Rigor Mortis is caused by a build up of lactic acid which causes chemical changes within muscles. In life, lactic acid, also known as “milk acid” plays various roles in a body’s biochemical process. The myosin and actin (proteins involved in muscle movement) in the body then begin to harden, causing all muscles in the body to harden for a period of time, as well. At the time of death, “primary flaccidity” occurs and Rigor Mortis begins within […]

-This article contains GRAPHIC IMAGES which may not be suitable for some- On the evening of January 10, 2013, 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, a sophomore at Lowndes High School did not return home from school. The following day at 9AM, his body was discovered inside a rolled up wrestling mat in the gym of his Valdosta, Georgia high school. The grisly discovery was made by two sisters, daughters of the Superintendent, Wes Taylor. The girls were sitting in the gym near an area full of rolled up mats when they noticed a pair of feet inside one of them. The mat was moved from its vertical position to the […]

Written by Dr. D. Rao. This is the bluish-purple or purplish-red discolouration which appears under the skin in the most superficial layers of the dermis [rete ...

Changes in the Body after Death . A knowledge of the signs of death help to differentiate death from suspended animation. The changes which taken place may be helpful ...

18.01.2018  · post mortem interval Photography of a corpse - Alphonse Bertillon 1900 Following irreversible cardiac arrest, death occurs and cellular metabolic activity ...

Applications for the April sitting of the Stage A examination in Histopathology are now open and will close on Friday 9 February.

Applications for the May sitting of the Stage A examination in Chemical Pathology will open on Monday 26 February and close on Friday 16 March.

What happens during a post-mortem?
Pathologists perform post-mortem examinations to standards set by The Royal College of Pathologists. These standards include carrying out the post-mortem in a respectful manner and with regard for the feelings of the bereaved relatives.

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The third stage of decomposition known as “Rigor Mortis” translates to “stiffness” [rigor] “of death” [mortis]. The stiffness in a body during the phase of Rigor Mortis is caused by a build up of lactic acid which causes chemical changes within muscles. In life, lactic acid, also known as “milk acid” plays various roles in a body’s biochemical process. The myosin and actin (proteins involved in muscle movement) in the body then begin to harden, causing all muscles in the body to harden for a period of time, as well. At the time of death, “primary flaccidity” occurs and Rigor Mortis begins within […]

-This article contains GRAPHIC IMAGES which may not be suitable for some- On the evening of January 10, 2013, 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, a sophomore at Lowndes High School did not return home from school. The following day at 9AM, his body was discovered inside a rolled up wrestling mat in the gym of his Valdosta, Georgia high school. The grisly discovery was made by two sisters, daughters of the Superintendent, Wes Taylor. The girls were sitting in the gym near an area full of rolled up mats when they noticed a pair of feet inside one of them. The mat was moved from its vertical position to the […]

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The third stage of decomposition known as “Rigor Mortis” translates to “stiffness” [rigor] “of death” [mortis]. The stiffness in a body during the phase of Rigor Mortis is caused by a build up of lactic acid which causes chemical changes within muscles. In life, lactic acid, also known as “milk acid” plays various roles in a body’s biochemical process. The myosin and actin (proteins involved in muscle movement) in the body then begin to harden, causing all muscles in the body to harden for a period of time, as well. At the time of death, “primary flaccidity” occurs and Rigor Mortis begins within […]

-This article contains GRAPHIC IMAGES which may not be suitable for some- On the evening of January 10, 2013, 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, a sophomore at Lowndes High School did not return home from school. The following day at 9AM, his body was discovered inside a rolled up wrestling mat in the gym of his Valdosta, Georgia high school. The grisly discovery was made by two sisters, daughters of the Superintendent, Wes Taylor. The girls were sitting in the gym near an area full of rolled up mats when they noticed a pair of feet inside one of them. The mat was moved from its vertical position to the […]

Written by Dr. D. Rao. This is the bluish-purple or purplish-red discolouration which appears under the skin in the most superficial layers of the dermis [rete ...

Changes in the Body after Death . A knowledge of the signs of death help to differentiate death from suspended animation. The changes which taken place may be helpful ...

18.01.2018  · post mortem interval Photography of a corpse - Alphonse Bertillon 1900 Following irreversible cardiac arrest, death occurs and cellular metabolic activity ...

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The third stage of decomposition known as “Rigor Mortis” translates to “stiffness” [rigor] “of death” [mortis]. The stiffness in a body during the phase of Rigor Mortis is caused by a build up of lactic acid which causes chemical changes within muscles. In life, lactic acid, also known as “milk acid” plays various roles in a body’s biochemical process. The myosin and actin (proteins involved in muscle movement) in the body then begin to harden, causing all muscles in the body to harden for a period of time, as well. At the time of death, “primary flaccidity” occurs and Rigor Mortis begins within […]

-This article contains GRAPHIC IMAGES which may not be suitable for some- On the evening of January 10, 2013, 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, a sophomore at Lowndes High School did not return home from school. The following day at 9AM, his body was discovered inside a rolled up wrestling mat in the gym of his Valdosta, Georgia high school. The grisly discovery was made by two sisters, daughters of the Superintendent, Wes Taylor. The girls were sitting in the gym near an area full of rolled up mats when they noticed a pair of feet inside one of them. The mat was moved from its vertical position to the […]

Written by Dr. D. Rao. This is the bluish-purple or purplish-red discolouration which appears under the skin in the most superficial layers of the dermis [rete ...

Changes in the Body after Death . A knowledge of the signs of death help to differentiate death from suspended animation. The changes which taken place may be helpful ...

18.01.2018  · post mortem interval Photography of a corpse - Alphonse Bertillon 1900 Following irreversible cardiac arrest, death occurs and cellular metabolic activity ...

Applications for the April sitting of the Stage A examination in Histopathology are now open and will close on Friday 9 February.

Applications for the May sitting of the Stage A examination in Chemical Pathology will open on Monday 26 February and close on Friday 16 March.

What happens during a post-mortem?
Pathologists perform post-mortem examinations to standards set by The Royal College of Pathologists. These standards include carrying out the post-mortem in a respectful manner and with regard for the feelings of the bereaved relatives.

An autopsy ( post-mortem examination , obduction , necropsy , or autopsia cadaverum ) is a highly specialized surgical procedure that consists of a thorough examination of a corpse by dissection to determine the cause and manner of death , to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present for research or educational purposes. It is usually performed by a specialized medical doctor called a pathologist . In most cases, a medical examiner or coroner can determine cause of death and only a small portion of deaths require an autopsy.

Autopsies are performed for either legal or medical purposes. For example, a forensic autopsy is carried out when the cause of death may be a criminal matter, while a clinical or academic autopsy is performed to find the medical cause of death and is used in cases of unknown or uncertain death, or for research purposes. Autopsies can be further classified into cases where external examination suffices, and those where the body is dissected and internal examination is conducted. Permission from next of kin may be required for internal autopsy in some cases. Once an internal autopsy is complete the body is reconstituted by sewing it back together.

The term "autopsy" derives from the Ancient Greek αὐτοψία autopsia , "to see for oneself", derived from αὐτός ( autos , "oneself") and ὄψις ( opsis , "sight, view"). [1] The word “autopsy” has been used since around the 17th century, it refers to the examination of inside the dead human body to discover diseases and cause of death. [2]



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