partial autopsyJoe Segen2016-12-16T05:12:33+00:00
A generic term for an autopsy confined to a specific body region.
The Royal College of Pathologists (UK) grudgingly gives its blessing for partial autopsies when:
(1) The cause of death is found early in the procedure–e.g., a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm and the family was dead set (sic) against a post mortem examination, or
(2) A biosafety level 3 organism is suspected and minimal violation of body cavities is appropriate
Synonym Region-limited autopsy