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    What is an autopsy?

    An autopsy is a dignified surgical procedure that provides a systematic examination of the body of a deceased person by a qualified physician.  All Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s District physicians are certified in anatomic, clinical and forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology.  During the assessment, a body is inspected for the presence of disease or injury.  Minimal specimens of the vital organs and/or body fluids may be taken for toxicological and other analysis.  The internal organs and the brain are examined and then replaced in the body for burial or cremation. 

    This page was last modified on June 13, 2016


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