Postmortem Changes


Postmortem Changes

Exam Yield

Probability of getting 1 Question from this chapter 131%

You might get 1 question. If you are very thorough with this chapter already, just revise the stuff we have suggested.

If not already read, you may chose to ignore it. It takes a lot of effort to score from this chapter.

Question Pattern

This is a dry chapter, with lot of focus on sequence of events. You have to remember not just what can happen, but also when it happens. All the best.

  • Appearances of various PM changes
  • Timimg of PM changes
  • Factors hastening / delaying PM changes
  • Cadaveric Rigidity vs Cadaveric spasm

Recent Questions

Questions on this chapter from recent NEET and AIIMS examinations have been about
  • Late signs of death
  • Odor of the mummified body
  • Postmortem marbling – timing
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Condition favourable for adipocere formation
  • Increase in temperature of the body for first 2 hours
  • Forensic taphonomy – Definition
  • Pugilistic attitude
  • First external sign of putrefaction
  • Fixation of hypostasis – timing
  • Nysten’s rule
  • Casper dictum is related to
  • Order of putrefaction
  • Glove and stocking hypostasis
  • Conditions favourable for mummification
  • Postmortem Changes – Image

Suggested Revision

Few more areas that might be asked:

  • Factors affecting rate of postmortem cooling
  • Postmortem autolysis
  • Factors delaying Putrefaction
  • Postmortem Eye Changes
  • Honeycombing of liver
  • Maggots – Timimg
  • Suspended animation
  • Postmortem lividity – image
  • Algor mortis
  • Harvard criteria for brain death
  • Tests to check cessation of circulation
  • Cadaveric Rigidity vs Cadaveric spasm
  • Kevorkian sign
  • Zasko’s phenomenon

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