Performing autopsies for internal and external applicants is a very important part of pathology. The pathology department has great expertise in performing obductions and thus makes a very important contribution to clinical quality control.
If you have questions about natural and non-natural death, please see the KNMG's Guide to (Non-) Natural Death.
Preferably, a full obduction is performed. This involves opening the thorax, abdomen and skull. All organs are assessed both macroscopically and microscopically. "Signature of next of kin" on obduction request form is optional for the time being and not yet required by law. Consent must be given separately for brain examinations! For more information see the Request form obduction below. In consultation, it is also possible to take material for toxicological and genetic tests. For more information see the Information leaflet Requesting doctors NVVP.
Within one week, you will usually receive a preliminary report containing the macroscopic findings of the post-mortem. We aim to complete the post-mortem within 6 weeks, depending on additional (immunohistochemical) examination. The examination of the brain (skull section) is performed separately and a supplementary report reports the results within 10-12 weeks. The body of the deceased can be collected at the end of the day the post-mortem took place after consulting the mortuary.
A post-mortem will be reimbursed by the MUMC+. However, depending on the funeral insurance, transport costs will be charged to the next of kin.
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