SLUCare provides a comprehensive autopsy service, offering insight about diseases the patient suffered from and details about why the patient died. Autopsy plays a major role in confirming the validity, value and appropriateness of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, as well as providing information to families about inheritable diseases, cancers, unexpected conditions and cause of death.
The service is staffed by board-certified, academic pathologists on the faculty of Saint Louis University. Autopsies are performed seven days a week.
Deceased patients from area hospitals may be referred to SLUCare Pathology Department for an autopsy. Private autopsies for families who have lost a loved one are also performed for a fee.
For inquiries regarding SLUCare autopsy services, call the Pathology Department during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at (314) 577-8475. Outside of normal business hours (evening, weekend, holiday), page the pathology resident on call at (314) 490-1402.
Gross and/or microscopic examination of specific organs is also available for community pathologists, treating physicians or for medicolegal consultations. Experts are available to evaluate specific organs in the areas of neuropathology, pediatric pathology, cardiac pathology, renal pathology, hepatobiliary pathology and pulmonary pathology.
Preliminary autopsy reports are available to the referring physicians/hospitals within two working days. Final reports are typically available within the guidelines provided by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), which is 60 days or less.