Safety issues in assisted reproduction technology: Should men undergoing ICSI be screened for chromosome abnormalities in their sperm?

Griffin, D.K. and Hyland, P. and Tempest, H.G. and Homa, S.T. (2003) Safety issues in assisted reproduction technology: Should men undergoing ICSI be screened for chromosome abnormalities in their sperm? Human Reproduction (Oxford, England), 18 (2). pp. 229-235. ISSN 0268-1161 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The incidence of aneuploidy in gametes of men undergoing ICSI has raised the prospect of there being risks associated with ICSI and the question of whether or not to screen men for sperm aneuploidy before treatment. We report results of a questionnaire undertaken to address how IVF staff perceive this problem, whether ICSI men are already being screened for sperm aneuploidy and the extent to which IVF specialists feel that there is merit in such a test. The results suggest that this is seen as a problem but most feel the risks outweigh the benefits. Most claimed their clinics do not screen sperm for aneuploidy but feel that there is merit in doing so. There are considerable benefits to screening i.e. couples would get additional information about the genetic repercussions of ICSI and could make informed decisions before treatment; screening would also facilitate the design of a large research study to give clearer answers on the safety of ICSI. However, we acknowledge counter arguments i.e. families would not necessarily benefit as most would have the ICSI procedure regardless of screen results; sex chromosome trisomies clinically are not severe enough to worry about in this context and there are other potential risks of ICSI that screening would not address.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: 12571154 0268-1161
Uncontrolled keywords: Aneuploidy Attitude of Health Personnel Chromosome Aberrations Fertilization in Vitro Genetic Screening Humans Male Questionnaires Reproductive Techniques, Assisted Safety Sperm Injections, Intracytoplasmic Spermatozoa
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Biosciences > Cell & Developmental Biology Group
Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Biosciences
Depositing User: Darren Griffin
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2008 10:18
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2009 11:44
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/12477 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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