Feature Papers in Celebration of the Fourth Anniversary of the Founding of Reproductive Medicine

A special issue of Reproductive Medicine (ISSN 2673-3897).

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Unit of Gynecology, Sant’Andrea Hospital of Rome, University Sapienza of Rome, Via Grottarossa 1039, 00189 Rome, Italy
Interests: reproductive surgery; infertility; PCOS; ovulation induction
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Keywords

  • reproductive medicine
  • reproductive surgery
  • female and male infertility
  • PCOS
  • endocrine diseases influencing reproduction
  • ovulation induction
  • ovarian stimulation for IVF/ICSI cycles

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Relationship between Ovarian Reserve Markers and Body Mass Index in Infertile Women with and without Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Retrospective Case–Control Study
Reprod. Med. 2023, 4(3), 198-209; https://doi.org/10.3390/reprodmed4030018 - 17 Aug 2023
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This study, carried out on 94 women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and 176 controls without it, investigated the influence of body mass index (BMI) on serum levels of antimüllerian hormone (AMH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and 17ß-estradiol (E2) in [...] Read more.
This study, carried out on 94 women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and 176 controls without it, investigated the influence of body mass index (BMI) on serum levels of antimüllerian hormone (AMH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and 17ß-estradiol (E2) in infertile patients. Patients were assigned to four subgroups according to age (<35 or ≥35 years) and BMI (<25 kg/m2 or ≥25 kg/m2). Significant differences between PCOS-affected and control women were observed with respect to most of the parameters of interest. In both PCOS-affected and control women, age was inversely correlated with AMH. In the control patients, age was directly correlated with FSH and LH. In women affected by PCOS, no correlation was found between BMI and serum levels of AMH, E2, and LH, except FSH. No correlation was found between BMI and markers of ovarian reserve in control women. BMI was not correlated with AMH in any of the four subgroups considered regardless of the presence of PCOS. An inverse correlation was found only in PCOS-affected women aged ≥35 years between a BMI < 25/FSH and a BMI ≥ 25/LH. The possible association between BMI and ovulation disorder (OD) was investigated in 96 control women aged ≤37 years. In women with OD, the BMI values were significantly higher and FSH and E2 levels were lower than those of patients without OD. Taken together, our data suggest that BMI is not related to hormonal parameters of ovarian reserve, irrespective of the presence of PCOS, and could influence ovulation disorder rather than cause a decrease in ovarian reserve. Full article

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Prenatal Evaluation of a Fetal Cystic Hygroma: An Unexpected Finding of a De Novo Fetal BRCA1 Deletion Case Report
Reprod. Med. 2023, 4(4), 242-247; https://doi.org/10.3390/reprodmed4040022 - 23 Oct 2023
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This case presents a novel occurrence of a de novo BRCA1 gene deletion in a fetus with a cystic hygroma. Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) was performed for chromosome G-banding analysis, demonstrating a normal karyotype: 46, XX. Chromosome microarray analysis performed as a reflex [...] Read more.
This case presents a novel occurrence of a de novo BRCA1 gene deletion in a fetus with a cystic hygroma. Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) was performed for chromosome G-banding analysis, demonstrating a normal karyotype: 46, XX. Chromosome microarray analysis performed as a reflex test revealed an 80 kb deletion on 17q21.31, encompassing the BRCA1 gene. Follow-up FISH analysis performed on parental blood samples yielded negative results, confirming that the deletion was de novo in the fetus. Subsequent anatomic ultrasound evaluation showed no identifiable structural defects, and it was concluded that the microdeletion was unlikely to be the cause of the cystic hygroma. Regardless, it will be imperative that the patient’s daughter be appropriately counseled regarding the implications of carrying a BRCA1 deletion and the need for heightened surveillance in adulthood. As BRCA1 genetic testing is traditionally performed on adult patients with informed consent, this case report highlights the need for ongoing conversations and research in the management of incidental fetal diagnosis discovered during routine prenatal testing, as well as the care and counseling of these patients and their families. Full article
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