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Multifetal pregnancy reduction. A review of an evolving technology and its psychosocial implications.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7501782     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Multifetal pregnancy reduction is the elective termination of gestation of a preselected number of fetuses in a multiple pregnancy to improve perinatal outcome. As improved techniques of infertility treatment are yielding more high-order multiple gestations, multifetal pregnancy reduction is being performed more frequently. The authors review the abundant literature on technique, the moderate amount of literature on ethics, and the minimal literature on the psychological consequences of this procedure, and describe the experience of the patients and their partners. The complexities of studying this area are discussed. Besides management of psychiatric complications, liaison psychiatrists could play an active role in structuring multifetal pregnancy reduction programs to optimize counseling and the patients' experience.
M A Ormont; P A Shapiro
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychosomatics     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0033-3182     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychosomatics     Publication Date:    1995 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-01-18     Completed Date:  1996-01-18     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376506     Medline TA:  Psychosomatics     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  522-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Infant, Newborn
Patient Care Team
Pregnancy Reduction, Multifetal / psychology*
Pregnancy, Multiple / psychology*
Reproductive Techniques / psychology*
Comment In:
Psychosomatics. 1997 Sep-Oct;38(5):508   [PMID:  9314721 ]
Psychosomatics. 1996 Jul-Aug;37(4):398-9   [PMID:  8701021 ]

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