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The body of a young woman in her reproductive years is found

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The body of a young woman in her reproductive years is found dead under suspicious circumstances, and the possibility that she may have recently undergone a criminal abortion cannot be excluded. Discuss how the forensic pathologist must manage the case, keeping in mind the possible causes of death.
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Expert:  Owen replied 4 years ago.

I'm an ob/gyn - is this something I can help you with?

What do you need specifically?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi it is a legal question that deals with forensic law. I require a detailed answer for an assignment I have due, just to lead me towards the right direction.

Expert:  Owen replied 4 years ago.
I can give you MEDICAL per Ob/Gyn information - not law..does that help?
Expert:  Owen replied 4 years ago.
I can help with such things as what could have gone wrong, and what might have happened afterwards too.
Expert:  Owen replied 4 years ago.

Let me discuss from an ob/gyn perspective what the pathologist must do.

1. First cultures must be taken to check for any signs of infection - which means that if there is an infection - she was not treated appropropriately for either what is known as perforation ( a hole in the uterus, and or the bowel).

2. So, the pathologist must also check the Uterus for a Perforation - a Perforation is easily done when an abortion is done and not in 'skilled' hands.

3. A Perforation or injury to the bowel should also be check - because an injury or perforation to the bowel can lead to severe Sepsis (an Extreme infection).

4. Also, the Vagina, cervix and uterus should NEVER be injured during the abortion procedure - so any lacerations to the vagina, cervix and or uterus should be checked.

5. In addition, any remaining parts of the fetus should be checked - to see if there is remaining parts of the placenta - which is always a very high likelihood in any abortion, especially illegal abortion.

6. Blood volume, or the hemoglobin / hematocrit should be checked, because, sometimes, an abortion can literally deplete the body of its entire blood supply within a matter of about 2 to 5 minutes, especially if an injury is made to the Uterine artery on the side of the uterus.

7. Look also for any evidence of forced penetration in the vagina and also the rectum - as many times the rectum is damaged during an abortion procedure - or that 'free sex' might have been had by someone doing this procedure or helping in this procedure.

8. Check to see if any pain medications were use, and a toxicology report should be done to see what medications were used, sometimes illegal substances are used such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine and other illegal substances are used to get the patient comfortable for this painful procedure.

9. Finally the urinary tract should be checked too - for any injuries to the bladder and the urethra - as small lacerations and/ or perforation can occur to instruments used during the abortion procedure.

I hope this helps
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi there I require a legal answer, thank you so much for your assistance though.


Please close this question and refund me.


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Expert:  Owen replied 4 years ago.
Your question was....How might a Forensic pathologist handle the case....I did give you that answer...