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Technique for treating infertility may be risky

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7052.248a (Published 03 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:248

The Health Council of the Netherlands has called for tighter regulations on the technique for treating infertility known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in a report recently submitted to the Dutch minister of health, welfare, and sports.

The chairman of the report committee, Professor Juriy Wladimiroff, who is professor in obstetrics and gynaecology at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, warned: “There is a problem with intracytoplasmic sperm injection being carried out in an unregulated way at the moment. The technique was introduced into clinical use without thorough testing in animals.”

The procedure entails injecting a sperm directly into an ovum and provides an in vitro fertilisation technique suitable for couples in which …

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