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The impact of in vitro fertilization on health of the children: an update.
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PMID:  21093976     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Infertile couples make up approximately 10% of the worldwide population, and around 1% of current live births are a result of assisted reproductive technology (ART). Since the time that this technology was first applied, many studies have been performed in order to determine the risk associated with infertility treatments. Short- and long-term risks have been identified, which confirm that the major complications are due to multiple pregnancies. In a previous study we described in detail the main reproductive processes, the techniques for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and the risks associated with each of them, with a focus on intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). In this review we provide an update from 2007 to the present. In particular, in addition to new information on post-pregnancy complications and infant morbidity and malformations, we report data on rare syndromes, including recent case reports. Although data are controversial, an association between IVF and a minor increase in the incidence of birth defects has been confirmed. Several lines of evidence also suggest that there may be a link between ART and psychological disorders in the parents and the child. Finally, recent findings draw attention to the need for accurate clinical and psychological counselling of couples before any treatment decisions are made.
Adriana Fortunato; Elisabetta Tosti
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2010-11-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-7654     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol.     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375672     Medline TA:  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
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