Dr. Sankappa. P. Sinhasan, Dr Bharathi. K. V., Dr. O. Murugesa Bharathi, Dr Ramachandra. V. Bhat


The autopsy study aids to the knowledge of pathology by unveiling the rare lesions which are a source of learning from a pathologist’s perspective. Some of them are only diagnosed at autopsy as they do not cause any functional derangement during the life of a person.  These findings have proved to be of great academic value and serve as an eye opener to the infrequent lesions which go unnoticed when a person is alive. The medicolegal autopsy forms an opportunity to study not only medically diagnosed and treated neoplasms, but also the natural evolution of untreated disease. Many incidental autopsy findings have proven to be great learning tools for the pathologists as well as the forensic expert. This retrospective study emphasizes the various incidental and interesting benign and malignant tumors detected surprisingly while doing autopsies, which otherwise would have been unnoticed during a person’s life. The study highlights importance of detailed histopathological examination of autopsy specimens, thereby providing clue to the probable cause of death. The results of such studies are important for accumulation of mortality statistics which are essential for public health planning.


Autopsy, Benign, Malignant, Tumors, Incidental.

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