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Anatomic Pathology - Autopsy

Autopsies are classified as either clinical (e.g., hospital, academic), in which permission for autopsy is granted by the next of kin of the deceased, or forensic (e.g., medicolegal), in which a medical examiner, coroner, or justice of the peace has jurisdiction and may order the autopsy to be performed. Autopsies are considered a medical procedure and are performed by a licensed pathologist. NO medicolegal / forensic autopsies are performed at University of Colorado Hospital.

For more information, please contact the Office of Decedent Affairs at 720-848-4356 or the Autopsy Desk at 720-848-4387.

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