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Autopsy procedure after death due to cancer of brain stem - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   HI I WISH TO SPEAK TO SUMONE REGARDING PATHOLGY CAN YOU HELP PLEASE ??
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :  
How can i help you?
User :   HI MAY I ASK AS MY GP HAS REQUESTED AN AUTOPSY FOR MY BODY AFTER MY DEATH WILL THIS HAPPEN TO MY BODY
Doctor :  
It depends on the why an autopsy is planned for?
User :   ITS BECAUSE IM ILL WITH CANCER OF THE BRAINN STEM WHICH IS TO ADVANCED TO TREAT BUT ONCE IM DEAD THAY CAN GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ON HOW MUCH IT SPREAD BY AN AUTOPSY IS HE RHIGHT ?/
Doctor :   Hi.. autopsy is a procedure following death to confirm the cause of the death
Doctor :  
so it depends on your gp If he plans for the autopsy or not.
User :   OK MAY I ASK WILL THAY NEED TO HAVE MY BODY TOTALLY NAKED ?? AND YES HE HAS PLANNED FOR AN AUTOPSY
Doctor :   Yes an autopsy is a procedure where the body is exposed and the procedure is done.
User :   MAY I ASK AS HE KNOWS I HAVE TESTICAL CANCER HE WISHES FOR THEM TO REMOVE MY TESTICALS HOW WILL THIS BE DONE
Doctor :   may i know what stage of testicular cancer do you have?
Doctor :  
Generally it is uncommon to have to cancer together
Doctor :  
unless there is metastasis.
Doctor :  
so if the testis is also involved then it could be a secondary tumour and the primary located else where?
User :   SORRY WHAT HAPPENS AND THATS WHAT HE SAID IT MAYBE
User :   CAN I ASK WILL THE PERSON DOING MY AUTOPSY MAKE MANY CUTS TO MY BODY ?
Doctor :   in a case of autopsy planned for confirmation of the cause of the death
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the cuts are limited to the organ that is involved in the cause of death
Doctor :  
so it would mean the brain in your case
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hence the cuts would be limited to the skull.
User :   MAY I ASK WILL ALL MY BODY NEED TO BE UNCOVERED ??
Doctor :   In that case
Doctor :  
it may not have to be uncovered
User :   BUT MY GP WISHES TO REQUEST FOR FULL BODY AUTOPSY
Doctor :  
you would be covered with a bed sheet covering your whole body and exposing only the head
Doctor :   SInce i am medical pracititioner and i do not practise in autopsy
Doctor :  
i do not know about the finer details.
Doctor :   I am not aware why a full body autopsy has been planned for too.
Doctor :  
It would be better if you can let us know why a full body autopsy has been planned by your GP
User :   OK MAY I ASK WITH MY HEAD EXSPOCED I HAVE ALOT OF HEAIR WILL THIS MAKE ANY PROBLEMS
Doctor :  
we may be able to
Doctor :  
you mean problem to them?
User :   ITS BECAUSE I HAVE CANCER IN MY TESTICALS HE WISHES FOR ALL MY BODY TO BE CHECKED AND YES WILL THAT BE ANY PROBLEM TO THEM
Doctor :  
No
Doctor :  
Your hair would be shaved before the procedure.
User :   OK HOW WILL MY SKULL BE OPENED THEN
Doctor :   As i mentioned earlier I have less knowledge on where the cuts are applied.

User :   BUT IN GENRAIL HOW IIS A SKULL OPENED
Doctor :   in general the skull is opened with a drilling machine and a saw like instrument.
Doctor :  
this is during a surgery
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and i do not know if the same applies to the autopsy.
User :   I DID DONATE MY BODY FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS TO DISSECTE IN A MEDICAL SCHOOL AM I GOING BE USEFULL
Doctor :  
Yes
Doctor :  
definitely
Doctor :  
you have done one act which you must be proud of
User :   IM 24 YEARS OLD WILL THAY STILL USE ME
Doctor :  
few people help in medical field
Doctor :   you may be used for helping the medical students
User :   I WANT TO HELP THEM LEARN
Doctor :   That is a nice though.
Doctor :  
i mean a nice thought.
User :   WHERE WILL MY BODY BE PLACED TO TEACH THEM
Doctor :   it is called as a dissection hall.
User :   WILL THERE BE MANY BODYS IN THE HALL
Doctor :   There will be a few ones.
User :   WHAT AM I GOING BE PLACED ON IN THE HALL ??
Doctor :  
can you rephrase your question?
Doctor :  
i could not get it.
User :   WHAT WILL MY BODY BE LAYED ON IN THE HALL
Doctor :   It would be placed onto a table, a dissection table
User :   AM I GOING BE TOTALLY UNDRESSED ??
Doctor :  
You would be covered with a sheet
User :   IS THIS REMOVED WHEN THERE DISSECTING ME ??
Doctor :  
the part that is intended to be studied may be uncovered while still covering the rest.
User :   CAN I ASK AS I GOT A LONG PENIS WILL THIS BE A PROBLEM WHEN DISSECTING MY LEGS
Doctor :   the penis would be flaccid after death and hence it will not be a problem.
User :   WHATS FLACCID MEANE ??
Doctor :  
flaccid penis means the non erect state of the penis
User :   OK BUT ITS 7INC WHEN NOT ERRECT AND GOES TO 9.5 WHEN FULLY ERECT YOU SEE THATS WHAT I MEANE
Doctor :  
a flaccid penis does not matter what ever the size is.
User :   AM I GOING BE COLD AND STIFF WHEN IM A CADAVER
Doctor :  
your muscles would stiffen up.
Doctor :  
for some time and then would losen up a bit
User :   AM I HANDELED MUCH WHEN IM A CADAVER
Doctor :   You would be used only when needed
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other wise all the respect would be paid.
User :   WILL MY BACK BE STUDYED BY THEM
Doctor :   it may be or may not be\

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since there would be few other cadavers\
Doctor :   it would depend on the state of the body that is after the death.
User :   IF IM TURNED ON TO MY FRONT HOWS THIS DONE
Doctor :  
so i cannot guess that right away.
Doctor :  
If they have to turn you over, you would be turned over by a couple of people.
Doctor :  
as done now
Doctor :  
if you have to be turned by a couple of people.
User :   OK HOW WILL I BE LAYED OUT WHERE IS MY PENIS PLACED ??
Doctor :  
As i mentioned earlier you would be as you would be now if you turn over.
User :   OK WILL MEDICAL STUDENTS DISSECT MY PRIVERT REGION ??
Doctor :  
I cannot guess that right away.
Doctor :  
it would be decided only at the time of dissection
User :   OK MAY I ASK WILL THAY OPEN MY SKULL
Doctor :  
It is too early to be guessing the organs that would be dissected now.
Doctor :  
It all depends only at the time of dissection
Doctor :  
and i cannot guess those now.

User :   AS IM TO BE DISSECTED WILL MY AGE BE A PROBLEM ??
Doctor :  
No
Doctor :  
It won't be a problem
User :   MAY I ASK MY FRIEND DIED WHEN HE WAS 18 HE DONATED HIS BODY WOULD HE HAVE BEEN DISSECTED LIKE IM TO BE ??
Doctor :  
You could get these details at the place where he has donated to.
Doctor :   he may have.
User :   HAVE YOU USED CADAVERS ??
Doctor :  
yes.
Doctor :  
I have used them for dissection
Doctor :  
during my student period.
User :   DID YOU FIND IT USEFULL TO DISSECT A BODY ??
Doctor :  
they are useful
Doctor :  
it help a student understand the subject better.
User :   SO AS I LAY THERE I WILL BE USEFULL THEN TO THE STUDENTS
User :   MAY I ASK HOW LONG AFTER MY DEATH WILL I BE PUT TO USE AS A CADAVER ???
Doctor :  
It varies depending on the need.
User :   OK SO WHERE AM I STORED TO IM NEEDED ??
Doctor :  
You would be stored in one of the rooms of the department
Doctor :  
with the rest of the cadavers
User :   WHAT ON A TROLLY
Doctor :  
you may be kept on the table.
User :   OK MAY I ASK IS IT TRUE IF THERE SHORT OF ROOM CADAVERS ARE PLACED ON TOP OF EACH OTHER ??
User :   WHEN IN STOREGE
Doctor :   It would be stored seperately.
User :   WHEN IM STORED AM I DRESSED OR NOT
Doctor :  
you would be covered with a sheet.
User :   AM I TO BE EMBALMED AT ANYTIME DURING BEING STORED AND AM I KEPT COLD ??
Doctor :  
You would be
User :   WOULD BE WHAT ??
Doctor :   u would be embalmed and kept cold
User :   MAY I ASK HOW WILL I BE EMBALMED ??
Doctor :   that is not done by doctors
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so we dont know much
User :   OK DOES IT MEANE CUTTING MY BODY ??
Doctor :  
i dint get u
Doctor :  
can u please switch off caps lock mode
User :   when embalming me will thay cut my body
Doctor :   XXXXXXXX please restrict to medical quiries
Doctor :  
regarding embalming it is not done by doctors
User :   ok when im a cadaver how long may i be used for ??
Doctor :   please restrict to medical quiries

User :   sorry i was just asking
Doctor :   regarding dissection i cannot help u much
Doctor :  
cos that is totally guided by our professors
Doctor :  
its ok
Doctor :  
we do whatever our professors tell,there was nothing like specific protocol
User :   may i ask when im acadaver being used by med students is there anyone in charge of the students
Doctor :  
i am really sorry XXXXXXXX i cannot heklp u regarding dissection
Doctor :  
u can discuss with me regarding ur disease,symptoms,diagnosis,treatment
User :   well i have cancer of the brain stem
Doctor :   what was the diagnosis made by doctors?
User :   astrtoma tumor
Doctor :  
what are the investigation done
User :   have you ever herd of plastnation ??
Doctor :   no
Doctor :  
i havent heard
User :   a german doc asked if i donate my body for body plastination for his bodyworlds show
Doctor :   it is something related to bidy storage
User :   whats bidy storage ??
Doctor :  
body storage*
User :   what happens to me
Doctor :  
Plastination is a technique used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts. The water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the original sample
User :   the doc asked if i donate my body for full plastination can he do this ??
Doctor :   yes
User :   is it usefull
Doctor :   for whom?
User :   medical students
Doctor :   yes
User :   you see he will accept me should i do it ??
Doctor :   u only told that he wants ur body right?

Doctor :  
its upto to do it or not
User :   yes all my body for plastination
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
its upto to do it or not
User :   i like to but will it take a long time and will i be kept naked for plastination ??
Doctor :   i dont know about that
User :   so am i like plastic after being plastinated by him ??
Doctor :  
yes
Doctor :  
semi plastic
User :   can i be turned back after ??
Doctor :  
no
Doctor :  
Once plastinated, specimens and bodies can be manipulated and positioned.
User :   but i be cold and stiff and full of blood rhight ??
Doctor :  
i dont know
User :   will my privert parts be plastinated ??
Doctor :  
i am really sorry XXXXXXXX i cannot heklp u regarding this
Doctor :  
please restrict to medical quieries
User :   ok can i ask it says here on form about sheet plastination whats sheet ??
Doctor :   u can discuss with me regarding ur disease,symptoms,diagnosis,treatment or any health related topics
User :   ok i like to donate sperm can i do this so i can be a dad one day after my death
Doctor :  
no u cant donate sperm after death
User :   carnt it be removed after death
Doctor :  
u can discuss with me regarding ur disease,symptoms,diagnosis,treatment or any health related topics
User :   ok do you know if i can donate any of my body parts to help others ??
Doctor :   u can discuss with me regarding ur disease,symptoms,diagnosis,treatment or any health related topics
Doctor :   i cannot help u in plastination ,body storAGE
Doctor :  
dissection
User :   im asking regarding organ donation can i do this ??
Doctor :   u can donate
Doctor :  
ur body organsd
User :   what parts can i donate
Doctor :   kidneys
Doctor :  
eyes
User :   what else
User :   can my lungs heart be any use
Doctor :  
heart can be used
Doctor :  
lungs,heary very rare
User :   ok who will remove these from me ??
Doctor :  
doctors
User :   how long after my death ??
Doctor :   before 6 hours

User :   ok well i got to take a brake but thanks for your help i be back soon just need brake getting head ack sorry back soon
Doctor :   please fill the feedback form
Doctor :  
bye take care
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