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The importance of a genetic evaluation of prospective ovum donors: a study of family history and genetic carrier testing.
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PMID:  22010526     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVE: To determine the percentage of potential ovum donors who have an increased risk for fetal harm.
STUDY DESIGN: Couples using an ovum donor to conceive a pregnancy are expecting to select someone who poses a low genetic risk to their offspring. Currently, most genetic carrier screening of these donors is performed at the discretion of the fertility center. This investigation involves a review of family history and genetic carrier test results of oocyte donor candidates.
RESULTS: A total of 210 (22.1%) of 950 potential oocyte donors had at least one fetal risk factor based on family history. Of 244 prospective donors who had genetic testing, 15 (6.1%) were found to be carriers of hereditary diseases that could pose an increased risk to a fetus.
CONCLUSION: A genetic assessment is a critical step in the evaluation of prospective oocyte donors, because almost one quarter of donors had a family history of a disease that could pose an increased fetal risk. Disclosure of ovum donor carrier status and, when applicable, testing of partners is required before accepting a potential ovum donor in an infertility program.
Joyce E Basile; Alan E Donnenfeld
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of reproductive medicine     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0024-7758     ISO Abbreviation:  J Reprod Med     Publication Date:    2011 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0173343     Medline TA:  J Reprod Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  415-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
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