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News1991June › What doctors read › June 1991

What doctors read

Babies resulting from in vitro fertilization or GIFT assisted conception are eight times more likely to be born with cardiac malformations than those conceived normally

Babies resulting from in vitro fertilization or GIFT assisted conception are eight times more likely to be born with cardiac malformations than those conceived normally.

In a letter to The Lancet, doctors from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Turin in Italy said that they'd studied 104 babies born as a result of 69 assisted conceptions, mostly from IVF.Almost 7 per cent of the children were born with some major congenital malformation, from heart malformations to clubfoot, compared to 2 per cent in the general Italian population.

By far the greatest problem was heart malformations (nearly 4 per cent), compared to about 0.5 per cent rate in that hospital and 0.39 per cent in northern Italy.


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