Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Autopsy
Browse and register for related classes.
An autopsy is a thorough examination of a body after death to help
determine why (cause of death) and how (manner of death) the person died.
Autopsies are required by law when a death is sudden and unexpected, occurs in
a person who is not under a doctor's care, results from a crime or fatal
accident, or occurs under suspicious circumstances.
An autopsy may be used to:
If an autopsy will be required by law, it will be ordered by the
county coroner or medical examiner. Only a doctor, often one with special
training (pathologist), can perform an autopsy. If an autopsy is not required
by law, the person who requests one must be the deceased person's next
Current as of:
February 19, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
250 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Share Feedback and Questions
View Quality Data
© 2017 Concord Hospital