Fertilization and early embryology. Birth following vitrification of a small number of human oocytes: Case Report
Source: Human Reproduction, Volume 14, Number 12, December 1999 , pp. 3077-3079(3)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:We report the birth of a healthy baby girl at 37 weeks gestation to a 47 year old recipient, after vitrification of mature oocytes from four in-vitro fertilization (IVF) patients. A total of 17 oocytes was vitrified in 1–2 l of ethylene glycol (40%) and 0.6 mol/l sucrose (20.54%) in open pulled straws. Eleven oocytes survived after vitrification and five pronuclear zygotes were obtained after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Three embryos were transferred to three patients, two of whom were the original oocyte donors and pregnancy was not established. The third embryo was donated to a 47 year old infertile woman after preimplantation diagnosis had confirmed euploidy for chromosomes X, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 21 and 22. The successfully completed pregnancy is encouraging for further research to explore the potential benefits of vitrification for the cryopreservation of human oocytes, given the relatively low success of conventional freezing of human oocytes by slow cooling methods.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1999-12-01
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