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Autopsy/Post-Mortem Examination (000-0000)
Test Mnemonic:
Specimen Requirements:

Refer to Decedent Affairs Website (

Reference Range:

By report (reports may vary based on instrumentation, patient age and sex)

Turnaround Time:

Provisional Autopsy Diagnosis within 24 hrs. Final Autopsy Report Diagnosis within 60 working days..


Post-mortem Examination, Autopsy


Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM (autopsies will not start after 2:00 pm) Autopsy Suite 4.500 Clinical Services Wing


Autopsy, Post-mortem examination

CPT 4 Code:

88020, 88025


Physician requests permission from the legal next-of-kin and completes the Form 5012, Section 4. For private autopsies and consults, call the Autopsy Service at (409) 772-2810, go to Autopsy Service websiteAutopsy with gross and microscopic examination and laboratory tests as indicated. Full or limited examination, with or without CNS (brain/spinal cord). Complete Form 5012 section 4 for restrictions.

For further information, go to the Decedent Affairs Website.

When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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