THE word inconclusive has gotten a lot of attention following Brian Laundrie’s autopsy results.
After his autopsy was ruled inconclusive, many wanted to understand what that meant and what will happen going forward.
What does inconclusive mean?
Inconclusive is defined as “leading to no conclusion or definite result,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
In other words, it means that there are no clear results found.
When looking at the word, it is often recommended to look at the root word, conclusive, which means “definitive, decisive, and convincing.”
When adding the in, which means “not,” it then changes the meaning.
What does inconclusive mean in terms of autopsy results?
Brian Laundrie sparked a nationwide search after he was reported missing on September 17, 2021.
Five weeks later, his remains were then found at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environment Park and an autopsy was conducted concluding that his cause of his death was inconclusive and many were confused on what that meant.
When an autopsy is inconclusive, it means that the internal and external tests performed failed to provide a cause of death.
“Brian Laundrie’s autopsy has not provided a manner or cause of death and his remains are now being transferred to an anthropologist,” Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said.
In the medical world, this is not always a negative thing because it’s hard to change a cause of death on a death certificate once it’s written.
In some cases, when a cause is not immediately established, a coroner will then conduct an investigation or inquest to try and exhaust all possibilities
What does an inconclusive Covid-19 test mean?
Outside of the Laundrie case, the word also gained popularity after many coronavirus tests were coming back inconclusive.
In terms of Covid-19 tests, the word inconclusive means that only one of the two targets used to determined a positive test are present.
In simpler terms, it means that there are low amounts of viral DNA found within the body but not enough to conclude that someone is positive for the virus.
When a test comes back inconclusive, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting retested for a more accurate result.
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