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In a retrospective analysis of 637 cycles of ovarian stimulation and transvaginal follicular aspiration for various assisted reproductive technologies, severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (SOH) occurred in six (0.94%) cycles. The patients at a high risk of developing SOH in cycles of assisted reproduction were those who had excessive serum oestradiol(More)
Previous experiences in subjects with other forms of third space fluid accumulation have shown that albumin is efficacious in preventing and correcting haemodynamic instability. Using a similar approach in an effort to increase the serum oncotic pressure and to reverse the leakage of fluids from the intravascular space, high risk subjects for severe ovarian(More)
This study reports the subsequent embryo development of cryopreserved mature human oocytes following insemination or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Metaphase II oocytes were cryopreserved using a slow freezing-rapid thawing procedure employing the cryoprotectant 1,2-propanediol. The study was conducted at two centres. The normal insemination of(More)
The goal of fertilization is the union of one, and only one, sperm nucleus with the female pronucleus within the activated oocyte. For this to occur successfully, several events must transpire, including the incorporation of the entire spermatozoon into the oocyte, the completion of meiotic maturation with the extrusion of the second polar body, the(More)
The performance of direct workers has a significant impact on the competitiveness of many manufacturing systems. Unfortunately, systems designers are ill-equipped to assess this impact during the design process. An opportunity exists to assist designers by expanding the capabilities of popular simulation modelling tools, and using them as a vehicle to(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the conception rate in infertile couples in which the female partner was > or = 40 years old and who had received ovarian stimulation treatment and intra-uterine insemination (IUI). It was a retrospective study of 77 patients who underwent a total of 210 treatment cycles. Protocols for ovulation induction(More)
Conventional methods of semen preparation for IVF, such as swim-up sedimentation, regular Percoll gradients, are not very effective in the treatment of severe oligoasthenozoospermia (total motile count less than 5 X 10(6)). For these cases, a new method of sperm preparation consisting of a reduced volume of a discontinuous Percoll gradient (mini-Percoll)(More)
Successful fertilization in humans, achieved when parental chromosomes intermix at first mitosis, requires centrosome restoration and microtubule-mediated motility. Imaging of inseminated human oocytes reveals that the sperm introduces the centrosome. The centrosome then nucleates the new microtubule assembly to form the sperm aster — a step essential for(More)