Journal of Forensic Science and Medicine

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 93--97

Importance and guidelines of postmortem examination on COVID-19 cases: An overview


Rong Li1, Keming Yun2, Guoli Yin3, Ling Li4, Zhao Liu4, Xiang Zhang4, Ping Yan5, Tiantong Yang6 
1 Department of Forensic Medicine, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China
2 College of Forensic Medicine, Shanxi Medical University, Shanxi, China
3 School of Basic Medical Sciences and Forensic Medicine, Hangzhou Medical College, Hangzhou, China
4 Department of Forensic Pathology/Toxicology, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
5 Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, China
6 Key Laboratory of Evidence Science (China University of Political Science and Law), Ministry of Education; Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization, Beijing, China

Correspondence Address:
Ping Yan
Overseas Expertise Introduction Centre for Discipline Innovation in Forensic Sciences and Social Governance, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan
China
Tiantong Yang
Key Laboratory of Evidence Science (China University of Political Science and Law), Ministry of Education, Beijing; Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization, Beijing
China

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) occurred in December 2019, in Wuhan, China, the COVID-19 has spread to 216 countries, areas, and territories and killed more than 400,000 people worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The pathological findings of COVID-19 by postmortem biopsy were first reported in April 2020. Since then, there have been many publications regarding the postmortem pathological findings of different organs of COVID-19 patients. Well-performed systemic autopsy examination on patients with related diseases, acute respiratory distress syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has provided critical information for better understanding the pathogenesis of the emerging infectious diseases in the past. An overview on the importance and guidelines of postmortem examination on suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients is presented.


How to cite this article:
Li R, Yun K, Yin G, Li L, Liu Z, Zhang X, Yan P, Yang T. Importance and guidelines of postmortem examination on COVID-19 cases: An overview.J Forensic Sci Med 2020;6:93-97


How to cite this URL:
Li R, Yun K, Yin G, Li L, Liu Z, Zhang X, Yan P, Yang T. Importance and guidelines of postmortem examination on COVID-19 cases: An overview. J Forensic Sci Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 30 ];6:93-97
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