More than 200 excess infant deaths a year in England and Wales are associated with multiple births after assisted conceptionBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7553.1294-d (Published 01 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1294
- Roger Dobson
Problems associated with multiple births after assisted conception techniques, including in vitro fertilisation, may account for more than 220 perinatal and infant deaths a year in England and Wales, new research indicates.
The United Kingdom urgently needs to move towards single embryo transfers for in vitro fertilisation, conclude the authors of the study, which aimed to quantify the excess number of deaths associated with multiple births after assisted conception (Br J Obstet Gynaecol 2006;113:738-41).
The chance of a multiple birth after in vitro fertilisation is around 45%, says the report. It adds that multiple birth is largely thought …