Answer: It indicates aspiration of gastric contents . The central large pink structure inside this bronchus with pink honeycomb like appearance is skeletal muscle (meat).
If your loved one has died in a hospital, and an autopsy is desired, first ask about having the autopsy done by the hospital’s pathology staff. This is the first advice I always give as it may, under those circumstances, be free of charge. Talk to the doctor of record for your loved one because if they ask, there is a better chance it will happen. That said, many hospitals these days do not have such means. If you choose a private pathology service, be sure the autopsy provider you choose is a board certified pathologist, licensed in that state where the exam occurs, and preferably boarded in both anatomic and forensic pathology. Many national autopsy service providers use a lay tech/assistant who dissects and simply works with a pathologist, and they may not even be present for that dissection. This kind of thing unfortunately happens. It is only through first hand dissection, observing internal relationships and appreciating the reactions to lesions and correlating with history that one arrives at correct opinions to cause and manner of death. If you really want to know “what happened?”, speak to us at www.theautopsydoctor.com
1 in 3 wrong? Think your grandmother or parent died from heart disease? Maybe not. The ratio of incorrect causes and contributors in caregiver-signed death certificates is probably much much higher than this because: .
1. Doctors other than forensic pathologists are usually not adequately trained in death certication.
2. Inundated M.E./coroner offices often do not autopsy individuals over certain criteria even with no history. Those people who are over that criteria ….well, they will be likely listed as dying from cardiovascular disease “whether they have it or not”.
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Yes! Your funeral home staff can wait in comfort during an autopsy here at our facility. We have a meeting room for family conferences and a comfortable waiting area with refreshments, TV, comfy lounge chairs plus – free WiFi. If you are in the funeral home business and any of your families need an autopsy for their peace-of-mind, please watch the short video below, thank you.
Missed diagnoses and medical malpractice effect the overall quality of care. That results in costly strains on our health care system. Most autopsies document good medical care, but depending on the details of the death or injury, performing an autopsy is to simply and objectively discover the true cause of death – which should be the goal for all parties involved.
For example, a hospital where there’s an issue regarding diagnosis of prophylaxis for leg clots or a pulmonary embolism – the speculation of the diagnosis creates additional costs for everyone; hospitals, families, attorneys, etc. Many hospitals might choose to settle medical malpractice, some not. Costs escalate regardless.
A properly documented autopsy can reveal the truth. Using the example above – an expert forensic pathologist’s report, supported by high-quality autopsy photos, could show either a pulmonary embolism or not, or possibly an alternative medical-related cause. Finding the true cause of death through an autopsy can be healing for the family as well as reduce medical malpractice costs for the hospital. The truth can not only provide an education for the hospital staff and closure for families – but save everyone time and expensive litigation fees.
As a forensic pathologist, I have a passion for taking on the challenge of discovering the true cause of a death. And as an expert autopsy doctor and pathologist, I provide the non-biased truth, supported with expert photos and documentation. The goal is to get the truth through final diagnosis.
Was it an accident or a natural death? It matters to insurance companies! The autopsy is an independent evaluation which documents the truth, through both direct observation, subsequent photography, microscopy and other testing as needed. It is critical to realize that Dr. Schultz can only speak to the facts; there are no “sides” taken no matter who retains Dr. Schultz. The value of the autopsy is in the potential to end speculation and uncertainty for those family members left behind. If you need the truth of how a death occurred – we can help find the answer. Give us a call, we’ll provide free consultation regarding your case. The short video below provides some answers. (Click to return to blogs)