New Procedure: Small Incision Autopsy

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Bereavement, Blog, Education, News | No Comments
New Procedure:  Small Incision Autopsy

We’re now offering an autopsy whose sole purpose is to provide families with information about inherited conditions: The Small Incision Autopsy. Our over-riding goal is to provide families with closure after a loss. Generally, this means understanding why the patient died. But it can also mean explaining what may have caused troubling symptoms, assessing changes […]

Sleuth-It Diagnosis: Bicuspid aortic valve

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Blog, Cases, Education, Sleuth It | No Comments
Sleuth-It Diagnosis:  Bicuspid aortic valve

What counts in the heart? The number of parts to each valve counts. In this case, the number of parts (leaflets) of the aortic valve was important. You stopped counting after seeing two aortic valve leaflets. Normally there are three. Two aortic valves rather than three is an inherited condition called “bicuspid aortic valve.” It […]

Sleuth It — What Counts in the Heart?

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Blog, Cases, Education, Sleuth It | No Comments
Sleuth It — What Counts in the Heart?

You perform an autopsy on an elderly man who died suddenly at home. The gentleman was stoic, somewhat distant from his family and never sought medical care. There are four adult children who call you to perform an autopsy. They would like to know what happened. During the autopsy, you find that the sac around […]

Monthly Case – Ruptured AV fistula

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Blog, Cases, Education | No Comments
Monthly Case – Ruptured AV fistula

What is shown? The upper left photograph shows a dissection of an arm. The AV fistula is visible below the skin. The upper arrow shows how paper thin the skin is right next to the AV fistula. The lower arrow shows how paper thin the AV fistula itself is. The bottom left photographs shows the […]

Monthly Case: Coronary Artery Rupture

Posted by on Jan 9, 2016 in Blog, Cases, Education | No Comments
Monthly Case:  Coronary Artery Rupture

What is shown? The top image shows the heart sac opened in the chest. The sac is full of blood (cardiac tamponade). The bottom image shows the heart after the blood around it has been removed. The view is of the back of the heart. There is a T-shaped hemorrhage. The right coronary artery (RCA) […]

Sleuth It – The Case Without Findings

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Blog, Cases, Education, Sleuth It | No Comments
Sleuth It – The Case Without Findings

Click here to skip to discussion. A 44 year old man dies suddenly after a night of “partying.” The coroner has made her evaluation but declined to perform an autopsy. The two sons request an independent autopsy, which you perform. The body is thin, but well nourished. There is no evidence of trauma and the […]

The Independent Autopsy or Private Autopsy – and Your Rights

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Bereavement, Blog, Education, Essays | No Comments
The Independent Autopsy or Private Autopsy – and Your Rights

Most people understand that autopsies can be performed by the hospital or by the coroner (or medical examiner). In the first instance, the usual story is that the patient has died in the hospital. Then the hospital (or health care provider) may ask the family to authorize an autopsy. The purpose of the autopsy is […]

Coming up in September: National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Blog, Education | No Comments
Coming up in September:  National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. At Autopsy Center, we are well aware of the consequences of obesity on health. Many of our patients who die from heart attacks have severe blockages in the coronary arteries as a result of high cholesterol. Often these patients are obese and have lifestyles that did not include […]

Live from the Morgue is now live!

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Blog, Education | No Comments
Live from the Morgue is now live!

We are pleased to announce that fall, 2015 registration is open to high school groups. Live from the Morgue is an offshoot of our successful class for adults, Science to Humanity: The Autopsy. Live from the Morgue is geared towards high schools students and available to high school groups form grades 9 through 12. Educators […]