Normal respiratory postmortem changes

Last revised by Dr Hamish Smith on 08 Sep 2018

Normal respiratory postmortem changes refers to the expected changes seen in the respiratory system and tract with postmortem imaging.

Radiographic features

  • hypostasis occurs in the lung postmortem and is visible as a hyperdense gradient dependent with gravity which is bilateral and symmetrical 1,2
  • endotracheal fluid is also common 1

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