In Vitro Fertilization Increases Risk of Mental Retardation?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A study involving more than 2.5 children has found that any in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment was not associated with autistic disorder but was associated with a small increased risk of mental retardation.
Sven Sandin, M.Sc., of King’s College London, and colleagues found that among the children, 1.2 percent were born following an IVF procedure; autistic disorder was found in 1.5 percent of children; and mental retardation was found in 1.1 percent of children who were born after an IVF procedure. “The results demonstrated an association between autistic disorder and mental retardation and specific IVF procedures with ICSI related to paternal origin of infertility compared with IVF without ICSI,” the authors were quoted as saying.
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SOURCE: JAMA, July 2013
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