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Healthy woman dies while undergoing routine fertility treatment


A healthy 23-year-old woman died during the procedure IVF fertility treatment after she was afflicted with a rare complication, with an autopsy showing her ovaries had enlarged to three times their normal size and fluid in her lungs that.

The woman, who has not been identified, was from Delhi in India and had a four-year-old daughter at the time of her death. She seemed to be perfectly fine before the treatment, New York Post report.

The heart of a healthy 23-year-old woman stopped beating during an egg collection procedure

However, her heart stopped during the egg retrieval procedure and she was unable to resuscitate.

An autopsy revealed that her death was the result of severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) The World Health Organization reports that the syndrome affects between 0.2% and 1% of all cases. IVF patient, according to Page six.

OHSS is a condition in which a patient has an adverse reaction to fertility drugs used during IVF that are used to stimulate egg development.

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In one-third of IVF patients, treatment can cause the ovaries to overgrow, leading to short-term nausea, discomfort, and swelling.

But in patients with OHSS, the condition causes blood clots in the lungs or legs — leading to a fatal buildup of fluid in the lungs.

Case Reports Autopsy Case Reports Published on Woman’s Death No previous condition found

In May, a report published in the scientific journal Authentic Case Reports on the woman’s death found that she did not have pre-existing conditions that could put her at higher risk, such as celiac disease. heart or diabetes.

Pregnant with her first child naturally, the woman began treatment with IVF for her second child. She began stimulating her ovaries to increase the number of eggs she produced, the Post reported.

She returned to the hospital after 11 days of treatment to collect eggs, where the doctor noted her pulse and blood pressure were normal.

But after being sedated by doctors, her heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels dropped suddenly and severely. An autopsy revealed that her ovaries were swollen to three times their normal size and fluid was found in her lungs.

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The report’s authors also found a steady increase in the number of patients undergoing IVF treatment in recent decades.

Woman’s death A reminder of the risks associated with fertility treatments, the reason for the poor outcome remains unclear

While the procedure is generally safe, the woman’s death is a reminder of the risks that remain associated with the procedure.

Prospective oocyte donors should be fully counseled about the risks associated with egg donation, they said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports about 4 million births each year in the US, meaning that 1 to 2 percent of all births in the US annually are through IVF.

Reproductive Biology Services, Nice, France, In assisted reproductive technology, ART, laboratory, Embryo Vitrification. (Photo courtesy: BSIP / Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Last week, Related press reported that the disparity between blacks and whites exists in reproductive medicine, as reflected in the birth and death outcomes of newborns, according to a large study of births in the United States.

Race gap study for women using IVF treatments, higher mortality rates for babies born to black women

The study, published last Wednesday in the journal Department of Pediatricsis the widest view of the racial gap for women using in vitro fertilization, fertility drugs or other fertility treatments.

The researchers found mortality rates among babies born to black women using such a treatment compared with white women who did the same – a much wider gap compared to babies born without there are treatments available.

Infant deaths are rare in the US, and the reason for the poor outcome is unclear. The researchers saw a racial gap even after adjusting for maternal age, diabetes, obesity, smoking and other risk factors.

Considering the overwhelming cost of IVF, the average cost of an IVF cycle is more than $12,000, and the scarcity of insurance, which means women receiving fertility care are on average richer.


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