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How does an autopsy affect organ donation?

Having an autopsy doesn't always prevent organ donation. Although laws differ in each jurisdiction, if the coroner or medical examiner is aware that the deceased wanted to be an organ donor, he or she usually will try to perform an autopsy or an analysis of tissues and organs in a manner and within a time period that allows for organ donation.

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