Postmortem changes - cardiovascular

Last revised by Dr Yahya Baba on 21 Jul 2021

Cardiovascular postmortem changes refer to the normal appearances of the cardiovascular system on postmortem imaging. 

Radiographic features

CT
  • hyperdensity of the aortic wall 1,2
  • hypostasis of blood intravascularly 3
  • dilatation of the right atrium of the heart 1
  • dilatation of the superior vena cava and inferior vena cava (except in cases of exsanguination) 1

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: hypostasis of blood intravascularly
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