what is the difference between antemortem and post mortem clot?  

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Antemortem means that the body was subjected to something before death.  Therefore, an antemortem clot is a clot that formed in the heart or a large vessel before death, but it wasn’t discovered until the autopsy that was performed after the occurrence of death.  Whereas postmortem means that the body was subjected to something   after death.  Therefore, a postmortem clot is a clot that formed in the heart or a large blood vessel after death, and was subsequently discovered during the autopsy.  So, quite simply, the term mortem indicates that the clot was not discovered until after death, and the terms ante- and post- indicate when the clot formed; before death or after death, respectively.

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