Before cremations as part of cremations services offered in Warrensville Heights, OH, there may be an autopsy performed on the body of the person who died. Autopsies are not performed on everyone one who dies. If a person is elderly or is suffering from a terminal illness, no autopsy will be performed unless something about the death seems out of the ordinary.
However, when people die unexpectedly or their deaths seem to indicate something other than natural causes, an autopsy will be performed to find out the exact cause of death.
Autopsies are usually performed by a pathologist who has extensive training in examining deceased people and inferring conclusions about what led to their deaths. However, there is more than one type of autopsy that might be performed.
Complete autopsies examine every part of the body for an indication of what led to the person’s death. This will include the external surface of the body and all the major organs, including the lungs, the brain, the heart, the kidneys, and the liver.
Partial autopsies are performed on a specific internal part of the body. While the entire external surface of the body will be examined, only a single internal organ or a single internal region of the body, such as the head, neck, and shoulders will be looked at for causes of death.
Observation autopsies are autopsies that are performed by a pathologist or teacher in an instruction setting, usually as part of medical school curriculum.
Exhumation autopsies are autopsies that are performed after a buried body has been excavated from its grave. These kinds of autopsies are conducted if there are unanswered questions about the cause of death after the body has been buried or if new evidence comes to light to warrant an autopsy.
If a first autopsy has inconclusive results or the findings are not reliable, a second autopsy may be ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
In most cases, autopsies are ordered by a coroner or a medical examiner. Autopsies can be performed without the permission of the family of the deceased. Many autopsies are ordered because of information given by someone who is concerned about how the person died. This can include medical staff or law enforcement. This kind of autopsy is deemed a “reportable” death.
The family of the deceased can ask for an autopsy. However, that doesn’t mean that an autopsy will be performed. Only if the coroner or medical examiner believes the family’s concerns about how their loved one died are worth investigating will an autopsy be ordered and performed.
If the family wants an autopsy and the coroner or medical examiner doesn’t believe the circumstances of death warrant an autopsy, then the family will be responsible for paying for the autopsy. This cost is not covered by Medicaid, Medicare, or other insurance plans, so it’s an out-of-pocket cost for the family of the deceased.
Ordered autopsies are usually done for very specific reasons.
One of these is, of course, uncertainty about what caused the person to die. If the person’s death was unexpected and sudden, and they were not ill or elderly, then it’s likely that an autopsy will be performed.
Autopsies will also be done for people who’ve died as a result of a work-related illness or injury, in order to see if the family should be compensated for the death.
An autopsy may be ordered for conditions that can only be confirmed after death. An example of this would be Lewy Body dementia. While the symptoms of this type of dementia are evident while the person is alive, the actual presence of the Lewy Body protein in the brain can’t be confirmed without an autopsy.
For more information about cremations services in Warrensville Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 25900 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44123, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.