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