The benefits of autopsies are vast. Some of the benefits are that they can contribute medical knowledge and deepend understanding of diseases. Family members can learn about undiagnosed illnesses and diseases that may be hereditary. Autopsies can also provide evidence for legal action. Ultimately, all of the information obtained from an autopsy can help to provide reassurance to families.
National Autopsy Experts, LLC. (NAE) is dedicated to these three words with every service provided. Whether it be a private autopsy, tissue sample testing, brain autopsy, or any other service, we give 100% effort in professionalism and efficiency.
Truth - We seek to help find the true cause of why your loved one deceased. With our experienced professionals and years of experience, you will receive the appropriate service to find the truth.
Answers - Once the services have been completed and all findings thoroughly examined, you will receive a detailed report from our medical professionals. Findings can be cause of death, family history of diseases, proof of improper medications, and much more.
Closure - Ultimately, we want to assist you and your family with closure. From the first contact to the final report, all of our actions and service are with that in mind. The truth and answers discovered will bring closure.
It is noteworthy that autopsy results may be beneficial to the family of a patient who passes away. The autopsy may help explain why the patient passed, improve the family's understanding of the circumstances that led to passing away, clarify the extent of disease, and provide reassurance that the cancer was incurable. It may grant peace of mind by demonstrating that nothing more could have been done. On occasion, an autopsy may disclose an unrecognized genetic disorder that may have clinical implications for family members.
Families report that improving medical knowledge and facilitating research is a motivating factor for consenting to an autopsy.52 For this reason, patients and their family members may find meaning in authorizing an autopsy that includes collection of tumor tissue. Among families of individuals who underwent autopsy for medicolegal reasons, 96% authorized retention of tissue samples for research,53 suggesting that collection of tumor tissue for research purposes may be readily accepted by families who authorize an autopsy for other reasons. To our knowledge, only 1 study has examined the willingness of family members to authorize autopsy solely for the purpose of tumor harvesting; in that study, 40% of families were willing to consent to an autopsy for this reason.50
52 Rankin J, Wright C, Lind T. Cross sectional survey of parents' experience and views of the postmortem examination. BMJ. 2002;324: 816‐818.
53 Millar T, Walker R, Arango JC, et al. Tissue and organ donation for research in forensic pathology: the MRC Sudden Death Brain and Tissue Bank. J Pathol. 2007; 213: 369‐375.
In a series of 86 autopsies of cancer patients who passed away in a medical‐surgical intensive care unit, 26% revealed major diagnoses that were missed, and approximately 50% of those diagnoses had a potential adverse impact on survival and would have changed management.37
37 Pastores SM, Dulu A, Voigt L,Raoof N, Alicea M, Halpern NA.Premortem clinical diagnoses and postmortem autopsy findings: discrepancies in critically ill cancer patients [serial online]. Crit Care. 2007;11: R48.
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