Normal respiratory postmortem changes

Last revised by Hamish Smith on 8 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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