Avance de autopsia

16:03 Aug 8, 2019
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Law/Patents - Law (general) / Autopsy report
Spanish term or phrase: Avance de autopsia
Hi all,

I came across the term "avance de autopsia" as the title of a document issued by the Insituto de Medicina Legal in Alicante. I was thinking of translating it as "autopsy report" but was wondering if there's a better way to express it. Target audience is UK.

I would appreciate any suggestions!

Many thanks,
Local time: 10:15

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4 +4preliminary post-mortem results
Charles Davis



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preliminary post-mortem results

"Avance" is not the full report; it refers to information given in advance of the full report (which may take some time, while a range of analyses are performed). It usually means the cause of death, which is the first thing the post-mortem examination seeks to establish, and the identity of the deceased, if that was not already clear.

For a UK audience you could use either post-mortem or autopsy, but the former is more common in official UK documents, as opposed to press reports.

I think "findings" could be used as an alternative to "results". I'd be inclined not to use "report" here, because an "avance" may be communicated verbally, before it's been written up as a report.

"El avance de autopsia apunta que los cadáveres pertenecen a la madre e hija desaparecidas en Sevilla y a su pareja [...]"

In this case there's no mention yet of cause of death; the state of the bodies made that difficult to determine and they'll have to do more work to establish it. This "avance" just establishes identity.

"El pequeño Julen falleció de un traumatismo cranoencefálico. [...] Así de clara es la primera conclusión del informe preliminar de la autopsia al que ha tenido acceso 'Espejo Público'. [...]
Destacable es que con este avance de autopsia no es posible descartar que la piqueta, de siete kilos de peso y un metro de largo, pudiera llegar al cuerpo del niño. De hecho, establece que Julen presentaba varias heridas 'post morten'."

Charles Davis
Local time: 11:15
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  JohnMcDove: Un pelín "off-topic" ... ;-) Mi madre decía: "La muerte se fue a bañar y le quitaron la ropa y a la muerte le decían: cuando te verás en otra."
4 mins
  -> Muchas gracias, John ;-) Eso sí que da que pensar...

agree  María Patricia Arce
24 mins
  -> Many thanks, María Patricia :-)

agree  Simon Charass
2 hrs
  -> Many thanks, Simon :-)

agree  AllegroTrans
1 day 21 hrs
  -> Many thanks, Chris!
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