Hilton Isadore Kort

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficiency of oocyte donation cycles using egg "cryo-banking." DESIGN Study conditions for vitrified/warmed oocytes for 20 non-autologous recipients (from 10 donors) were set prospectively, and outcomes of it were later compared retrospectively to nine fresh donations cycles. SETTING Private assisted reproductive technology(More)
Zygotes and 2- to 5-cell human embryos were frozen in 1,2-propanediol and sucrose; results of the first 50 cycles (45 patients) are presented. A total of 41 zygotes (17 attempts at thawing) were thawed, resulting in six singleton clinical pregnancies (15% per embryo; 35% per cycle), of which three delivered, one aborted, and two are ongoing. Fifty-seven(More)
Feasibility of cryopreservation of mature human oocytes using 1, 2-propanediol and sucrose was studied initially utilizing 1 and 2 day old unfertilized oocytes. Of these 285 aged oocytes 55% survived thawing, and 41% of 128 oocytes inseminated by single sperm intracytoplasmic injection (ICSI) fertilized normally. Limited embryonic development occurred in(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the efficacy of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) for "rescue" of failed conventional insemination cycles. DESIGN Retrospective clinical study. SETTING Private infertility clinic. PATIENT(S) Fifty-four couples with non-male factor infertility undergoing routine IVF within our clinic. INTERVENTION(S) Twenty- to 24-hour-old(More)
The effects of cryopreservation on human zygotes at various stages between the appearance of pronuclei and their close association were investigated. Pronuclear zygotes (n = 233) from 101 patients were frozen using propanediol 21-35 h following egg collection. The incidence of implantation of thawed pronuclear zygotes frozen 29-35 h following oocyte(More)
Cryopreservation of oocytes facilitates the long-term storage of oocytes for patients in danger of losing ovarian function. It also alleviates many of the ethical concerns associated with embryo cryopreservation. Problems associated with metaphase II oocyte cryopreservation include zona pellucida hardening and spindle damage. The cryopreservation of(More)
Body mass index (BMI) has been demonstrated to affect female fertility; however, little information is available on the impact of BMI on male fertility or semen parameters. Therefore, the study objective was to determine the relationship between BMI and semen parameters, including sperm chromatin integrity. We analyzed data on semen samples from 520 men who(More)
The effect of low dose immunosuppression with methylprednisolone during the first 4 days after oocyte retrieval on potential immune cell invasion of partially zona dissected embryos in utero was investigated in alternate in vitro fertilization patients (n = 32). The incidence of pregnancy was significantly higher in patients receiving methylprednisolone (7(More)