Fetal, perinatal and infant autopsies

  • Michael T. Sheaff
  • Deborah J. Hopster


Although many pathologists feel less confident about performing “baby” post mortems, they are in fact forming an increasingly high proportion of the autopsy workload. Contrary to popular belief, they are not more difficult than adult autopsies, but do require a number of extra techniques to be routinely performed. This chapter aims to cover the basic techniques required for fetal, perinatal and infant post mortems. Although it has been impossible to be fully comprehensive the chapter covers all techniques that are likely to be necessary outside of a special paediatric pathology centre. Post mortem examinations of children over two years-of-age do not differ greatly from adult autopsies and will not be considered further.


Pulmonary Vein Bone Flap Petechial Haemorrhage Ductus Venosus Pulmonary Lobe 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael T. Sheaff
    • 1
  • Deborah J. Hopster
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Morbid Anatomy and HistopathologyRoyal London HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of HistopathologyKing’s College HospitalLondonUK

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