Post Mortem Examination

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  1. What is a necropsy?
    An examination of an animal after death
  2. What is the purpose of a post mortem examination?
    To determine the cause of death or extent of disease
  3. List different reasons for performing a post mortem examination
    • Determine cause of death
    • Determine extent of disease/confirmation of pre-mortem diagnosis
    • Unknown illness
    • Unexpected/sudden death
    • Herd health issues
    • Legal cases
    • Education
    • Research
  4. What are the two main approaches to a PM examination?
    Left lateral recumbency or dorsal recumbency
  5. List some examples of PM artefacts
    • Rigor mortis
    • Gravitational hypostasis/hypostatic congestion
    • Postmortem blood clots
    • Colour changes
    • Postmortem imbibition
    • Autolysis
    • Postmortem crepitation
    • Sodium phenobarbitol effects
  6. What are the effects of sodium phenobarbitol (euthanasia)?
    • Brown, crumbly blood in right atrium
    • Firm plaques
    • Pulmonary oedema
    • Splenomegaly
  7. How thick should tissue samples be for histopathology?
    Less than 1cm thick in at least one dimension
  8. What are samples for histopathology submitted in?
    Formalin (1:10 ratio) in a wide mouth, leak proof jar
  9. How are samples submitted for bacteriology/virology?
    At least 1cm of fresh tissue is submitted on ice
  10. How much tissue should be submitted for toxicology?
  11. How much faeces should be submitted for parasitology?

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Post Mortem Examination
2015-04-13 20:37:16
Post mortem

Vet Med - Module 12
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