What is an autopsy and why is one performed?

An autopsy is the external and internal examination of the body of a deceased person to determine a cause of death. An autopsy is not necessary in every case brought to the office’s attention.

If your family wishes to perform an autopsy and the Coroner’s Office does not need to perform one for their investigation, your family can make arrangements with the hospital where the death occurred or with a private autopsy service to have an autopsy performed at your expense.

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1. What does the Coroner's Office do?
2. What are the types of deaths investigated by the Coroner's Office?
3. Where is the jurisdiction of the Chester County Coroner?
4. How do I report a death?
5. How do I obtain a death certificate?
6. Can I see my loved one at the morgue?
7. What is an autopsy and why is one performed?
8. How do I obtain the results of an autopsy or toxicology findings?
9. Who is considered the next of kin?
10. When will I know the cause of death?
11. What does a "pending" case mean?
12. How and when can personal property/possessions be claimed?
13. When will the body be released?
14. What do I do now?
15. What funeral home should I choose?