Why a donation may be denied

Mayo Clinic makes every effort to accept all program-registered donors. Below are some reasons why we might deny a donation:

  • The potential donor has an infectious or contagious disease (such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, prion diseases).
  • Next of kin objects to the donation of the body.
  • The body is not acceptable for anatomical study (extremely emaciated or extremely obese).
  • The body has been autopsied, mutilated, or is decomposed.
  • Donations are not needed at the time.

Mayo Clinic encourages all potential donors to have an alternate plan in case the donation isn't accepted.