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Author: Mikael Häggström [note 1]


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Autopsy processing

In autopsy:

  • Make a couple of cuts through the adrenal glands, such as transversal ones, and look mainly for adrenal tumors.
  • ((Remove the adrenals, trim them from excessive adherent fat, and weight them. Their combined weight in an adult human ranges from 7 to 10 grams.[1]))

Autopsy report

Normal status can be described as either:

  • Adrenal glands are normal bilaterally.
  • (Adrenal glands are ordinarily configured and with no definable focal changes on cut surfaces.)
  • ((The adrenals are normal in size, shape and consistency, with a weight of __ grams on the right and __ grams on the left. The cortices are orange with <normal / increased / decreased thickness>. The medullae are <grey / autolyzed>.))


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  1. O'Hare, A. Munro Neville, Michael J. (1982). The Human Adrenal Cortex Pathology and Biology – An Integrated Approach . Springer London. pp. Chapter 4: Structure of the adult cortex. ISBN 9781447113171. 
  2. Page 120 in: Rutty, Guy (2001). Essentials of autopsy practice . London New York: Springer. ISBN 978-1-85233-541-0. OCLC 44769560. 

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