Autopsy

An autopsy is a surgical procedure to examine the body and its internal organs after death.

  • Getting Autopsy Results

    Contact your local Medical Examiner's office on how to request an autopsy report.

  • Definition

    An autopsy is a surgical procedure to examine the body and its internal organs after death.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    An autopsy is not done after every death. An autopsy may be done at the request of the family or doctor. Reasons for autopsy include:

    • To answer questions about the health (prior to death) of the deceased
    • To determine the exact cause of death
    • To resolve legal or medical concerns

  • Possible Complications

    Autopsies may not be able to provide exact answers on cause of death.