Research Article

The needle necropsy.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 286 doi: (Published 21 May 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;286:1632
  1. J C Underwood,
  2. D N Slater,
  3. M A Parsons


    The technique of limited necropsy by histological examination of needle tissue cores obtained percutaneously is indicated when a full necropsy is not justified owing to the risk of infection or when tissue for special investigations is needed soon after death without recourse to full necropsy facilities. The method is ideal for detecting conditions producing diffuse changes in an organ. Because the cadaver is preserved essentially intact relatives who refuse permission for a standard necropsy might consent to a needle necropsy if this option is offered to them.