Fatal ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome in an anonymous egg donor

Med Leg J. 2016 Dec;84(4):219-223. doi: 10.1177/0025817216665074. Epub 2016 Aug 19.


Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is a rare, but potentially life-threatening iatrogenic disorder arising from ovulation induction or ovarian hyperstimulation for assisted reproduction techniques. We report a case of a 26-year-old multiparous woman, an anonymous egg donor, who died a few hours after undergoing a procedure to donate eggs at an in vitro fertilization clinic. Her husband alleged that medical negligence had led to her death. The autopsy confirmed death due to ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. We know of no previous descriptions of fatal ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome in an anonymous egg donor in medico-legal literature.

Keywords: Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome; anonymous young egg donor; autopsy; fatal.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Fertilization in Vitro / mortality*
  • Forensic Medicine / methods
  • Humans
  • Iatrogenic Disease
  • India
  • Malpractice
  • Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome / complications
  • Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome / mortality*
  • Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome / physiopathology*
  • Ovulation Induction / adverse effects*
  • Ovulation Induction / mortality