Laser-assisted removal of necrotic blastomeres from cryopreserved embryos that were partially damaged

Laura Rienzi, Zsolt Peter Nagy, Filippo Ubaldi, Marcello Iacobelli, Reno Anniballo, Jan Tesarik, Ermanno Greco

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Abstract

Objective: To examine whether the developmental potential of embryos that were partially damaged after freezing and thawing can be improved by removal of necrotic blastomeres before embryo transfer. Design: Prospective pilot study and observational clinical series. Setting: Private hospital. Patient(s): Two hundred thirty-five infertile couples undergoing frozen embryo transfer. Intervention(s): Removal of necrotic blastomeres from frozen-thawed human embryos. Main Outcome Measure(s): Pregnancy and implantation rates. Result(s): Removal of necrotic blastomeres from partially damaged frozen-thawed embryos before transfer increased rates of pregnancy (45.7% vs. 17.1%), ongoing pregnancy (40.0% vs. 11.4%) and ongoing implantation (16.2% vs. 4.3%) compared with the control group, in which necrotic blastomeres were not removed. A similarly high implantation rate (16.7%) was seen a subsequent clinical series in which necrotic blastomeres were removed from all partially damaged embryos. Conclusion(s): The viability of partially damaged frozen-thawed embryos can be improved by removal of necrotic blastomeres before embryo transfer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number13507
Pages (from-to)1196-1201
Number of pages6
JournalFertility and Sterility
Volume77
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002

Keywords

  • Cryopreservation
  • Embryos
  • Human
  • Laser-assisted hatching
  • Necrotic blastomere removal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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