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Fertility preservation and refreezing of transplanted ovarian tissue-a potential new way of managing patients with low risk of malignant cell recurrence

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OBJECTIVE: To report the first successful refreezing of ovarian tissue recovered more than 3 years after transplantation in a woman previously treated for early-stage ovarian cancer.

DESIGN: Evaluation of cryopreserved and grafted ovarian tissue.

SETTING: University hospital.

PATIENT(S): A 23-year-old woman diagnosed with stage 1C ovarian mucinous cystadenocarcinoma.

INTERVENTION(S): The patient underwent ovarian tissue cryopreservation for fertility preservation and subsequent heterotopic transplantation for fertility restoration 9 years after freezing. After a successful IVF twin pregnancy, grafted tissue was laparoscopically removed for safety reasons. The recovered tissue was refrozen.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Live birth and histologic evaluation of the distribution of pre-antral follicle stages.

RESULT(S): The previously grafted ovarian tissue was successfully refrozen, presenting follicular survival 4 weeks after xenografting. The follicular distribution in the recovered grafts showed a shift toward growing-stage follicles compared with the fresh tissue. The patient subsequently entered menopause, and histologic evaluation revealed a total of five follicles in two remaining grafts which had supported ovarian function a few months earlier.

CONCLUSION(S): This is the second case of delivery following heterotopic grafting as well as the second case of successful transplantation of ovarian tissue from a patient with early-stage ovarian cancer. The recovered grafts showed that a lower number of functional follicles than previously estimated can actually support ovarian function. Removing and refreezing grafted tissue could be a new way of handling not only cancer patients with a risk of malignant cell recurrence, but also certain groups of patients with genetic conditions.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftFertility and Sterility
Vol/bind107
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)1206-1213
Antal sider8
ISSN0015-0282
DOI
StatusUdgivet - maj 2017

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