Organ and Tissue Removal
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FIGURE 7.1 (A)–(C) Heart removal, cutting the inferior vena cava. The inferior vena cava is cut, as are the pulmonary veins, pulmonary arteries, and aorta. The heart is held in the left hand in these Þgures. Blood ßows from the cut vessels if the blood is not clotted, decomposed, or mostly absent from the body. In cases of severe hemorrhage, there is a notable absence of blood at this moment of the autopsy.