Genetic changes in human fetuses from spontaneous abortion after in vitro fertilization detected by comparative genomic hybridization

Biol Reprod. 2004 Feb;70(2):495-9. doi: 10.1095/biolreprod.103.022343. Epub 2003 Oct 15.


The in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique is becoming a very important approach for infertile disease therapy, but approximately 30% of pregnancies are spontaneously aborted in the first trimester. It is believed that chromosomal abnormality is the major reason for early spontaneous abortion. Although some reports have mentioned cytogenetic changes in spontaneously aborted embryos after IVF, little is known about the comprehensive cytogenetic alterations in these aborted embryos. Here we use the comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) technique to analyze the genetic alterations in 41 spontaneously aborted human specimens after IVF. In this study, 25 of 41 cases (61%) showed chromosomal changes. Among them, autosomes and sex chromosomes were involved in 16 and 11 cases, respectively. Several nonrandom chromosomal changes were identified, including loss of one sex chromosome (six cases) and gains of 22 (four cases), Y (four cases), 21 (three cases), 4 (two cases), and 13 (two cases). Our data support the opinion that chromosome abnormality is one of the major causes of early spontaneous abortion after IVF. The association between chromosome changes in these spontaneously aborted fetuses and maternal age, infertility patterns, infertility causes, and IVF patterns (routine IVF and other methods, including intracytoplasmic sperm injection, egg donation, and embryo donation) were also studied. No significant correlation was found.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Spontaneous*
  • Adult
  • Chromosome Aberrations*
  • Female
  • Fertilization in Vitro*
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Female
  • Maternal Age
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization / methods*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Trimester, First
  • Pregnancy, High-Risk