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Why choose a second autopsy: If you still have questions after a first autopsy, a second autopsy may help. A second autopsy may add an element of thoroughness to a case and function as an “independent” look at the case.

Please note: with a second autopsy, the body can be more difficult to assess. The usefulness of a second autopsy depends on many factors; and the cause of death cannot always be determined. Nonetheless, a second can sometimes be extremely helpful. Please talk to us about your concerns and questions.

Here are some questions to consider when thinking about a second autopsy:

Have you been unable to get the communication you need regarding the first autopsy?

Do you wish you had been able to choose where the first autopsy was performed?

Do you have questions about the way the first autopsy was performed?

Do the results of the first autopsy seem confusing to you?

Do you still have questions after the first autopsy?

 

What is done: A second autopsy consists of a complete evaluation of

  • The outside of the body
  • Any retained organs or internal structures
  • Changes caused by the first autopsy
  • Changes caused by embalming
  • Changes caused by the passage of time

 

Frequently asked questions

 

If you still have questions after a first autopsy, then requesting a second autopsy may be the right choice for you. Please call us at 1-855-8-AUTOPSY.