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Spermatogenesis may be focal in non-obstructive azoospermia. The present study was conducted to determine whether the performance of multiple, rather than a single testicular sample contributes to obtaining spermatozoa in amounts sufficient for fertilization and cryopreservation in non-obstructive, azoospermic patients. Furthermore, the aim was to clarify(More)
We report on the establishment of a human embryonic stem cell (HESC) line from a preimplantation fragile X-affected embryo and demonstrate its value as an appropriate model to study developmentally regulated events that are involved in the pathogenesis of this disorder. Fragile X syndrome results from FMR1 gene inactivation due to a CGG expansion at the(More)
The objective of this paper is to assess whether ovarian hyperstimulation and in vitro fertilization (IVF) are associated with increased risk of cancer development, using an historical cohort analysis of infertile women who attended the IVF unit, Lis Maternity Hospital Tel Aviv Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel. One thousand and 82 women participated in the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effect of P levels on oocyte and embryo quality and pregnancy rates (PRs) in IVF and oocyte donation. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of PRs in ovum donors and their recipients with regard to P levels on day of hCG administration. SETTING In Vitro Fertilization Units, oocyte donation programs. PATIENTS In vitro fertilization(More)
This study was conducted to investigate the usefulness of organ-specific autoantibodies as possible markers for reproductive failure. Antithyroid and antiovarian autoantibody concentrations were measured in 78 patients with mechanical or unexplained infertility that were enrolled in an in-vitro fertilization (IVF)/embryo transfer programme with follow-up of(More)
There has been growing concern about the number of multiple gestations resulting from assisted reproductive technologies. For in-vitro fertilization (IVF), there are guidelines concerning the number of embryos to be transferred. In oocyte donation, however, there is a paucity of studies addressing this issue and common practice is extrapolated from standard(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the potential involvement of cytokines and nitrites in the hyperpermeability characterizing the ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). DESIGN A controlled clinical study comparing peritoneal fluid (PF) from patients with severe OHSS and from non-OHSS controls. SETTING Women hospitalized with severe OHSS in three tertiary medical(More)
The potency for fertilization and successful implantation was compared between fresh and cryopreserved testicular spermatozoa obtained from the same patient with non-obstructive azoospermia. Spermatozoa cryopreserved at the outset were also evaluated. Non-obstructive azoospermic men (n = 55) underwent testicular sperm extraction (TESE); mature spermatozoa(More)
Most ovum donation (OD) programs involve cycle synchronization between recipient and donor for normally cycling recipients and a complex estrogen-progesterone replacement regimen for recipients with ovarian failure. In 1987, Serhal and Craft (1) suggested the use of a fixed-dose estrogen-progesterone regimen for recipients who were normally ovulatory and to(More)
PURPOSE To examine whether double transfer of embryos on day 2-3 and on day 5 after ovum pick-up (OPU) improves IVF/ET success rates in patients with multiple consecutive IVF failures METHODS Consecutive IVF failures patients (7.6 +/- 0.5) undergoing IVF/ET cycles were treated with interval double transfer on day 2-3 and on day 5 after OPU. Matched(More)