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Conjoined human oocytes observed during assisted reproduction: description of three cases and review of the literature.
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PMID:  22395521     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Conjoined oocytes derived from binovular follicles have been suspected to play a role in producing dizygotic twins, mosaicism, tetraploidy or chimeras. This issue is discussed by presenting three examples for conjoined oocytes observed in our programme of human assisted reproduction and by including a review of corresponding cases. Our material comprises two associated immature oocytes and two cases in which an immature oocyte was attached to a mature oocyte. One of the mature oocytes was fertilized and transferred after cleavage without resulting in pregnancy. In the literature, another fifteen descriptions of conjoined oocytes were found. Here, simultaneous fertilization of both gametes occurred only once and there was no evidence for pregnancies arising from binovular follicles. These data suggest that binovular follicles do not cause dizygotic twins or genetic abnormalities.
Authors:
B Rosenbusch; Katharina Hancke
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Romanian journal of morphology and embryology = Revue roumaine de morphologie et embryologie     Volume:  53     ISSN:  1220-0522     ISO Abbreviation:  Rom J Morphol Embryol     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9112454     Medline TA:  Rom J Morphol Embryol     Country:  Romania    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  189-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University of Ulm, Germany; bernd.rosenbusch@uniklinik-ulm.de.
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