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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does an autopsy take?

An autopsy typically takes 1-1/2 to 2 hours but may take a bit longer in unusually difficult cases.

Immediately following the autopsy, our pathologist will prepare a document detailing the autopsy findings, including a preliminary cause of death, and issue that to the next-of-kin.

A microscopic examination will be conducted typically within a week of the autopsy, and the findings of this exam will be included within the autopsy report.

The official autopsy report normally is finalized within a month of the autopsy.  An electronic, digitally signed copy will be emailed to you, and a signed paper copy will be mailed to you, upon request.

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