Introduction: Decomposition is a Physico Chemical Changes are Naturally Occurring in the Dead Bodies, however there are many Human Factors which Facilitate the Process of Decomposition posing a Challenge to the forensic Pathologist in Identifying the cause of death and Manner of Death.
Objectives: To understand the Factors Responsible for Decomposition of Bodies and the Challenges posed to forensic pathologist from Decomposition of Bodies.
Materials & Methods: This is a Retrospective Study done on Decomposed Bodies referred for Autopsy, in Two Regions, Jamaica and India ,over a period of Twelve years on 620cases.
A Total of 620 cases of Decomposed bodies were Referred during this period of study out of 7456 cases. MalesContributed to 82.6%[n-512] of Decomposition cases. Maximum cases reported were in the 5th to 6th Decade.62.9% of the bodies were recovered from their pace of residence and they were lonely living individuals. in 88.4% of cases the Cause of Death was Natural. In 55.8% cases the Cause of Death were Undetermined due to effects of Decomposition. In 50.6% of Cases the Bodies showed Advanced Stage of Decomposition.
Decomposed Bodies, Mummification, Adipocere, Natural, Unnatural Death, Undetermined Deaths