Translocations, inversions and other chromosome rearrangements

Modern techniques for preimplantation diagnosis of chromosomal translocations are highly accurate, allow concomitant 24-chromosome assessment, simultaneous evaluation of uniparental disomy, and may soon distinguish between normal and balanced inheritance.

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Volume 107, Issue 1, Pages 19-26


Scott J. Morin, M.D., Jennifer Eccles, M.S., L.C.G.C., Amanda Iturriaga, M.S., L.C.G.C., Rebekah S. Zimmerman, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G.


Chromosomal rearrangements have long been known to significantly impact fertility and miscarriage risk. Advancements in molecular diagnostics are challenging contemporary clinicians and patients in accurately characterizing the reproductive risk of a given abnormality. Initial attempts at preimplantation genetic diagnosis were limited by the inability to simultaneously evaluate aneuploidy and missed up to 70% of aneuploidy in chromosomes unrelated to the rearrangement. Contemporary platforms are more accurate and less susceptible to technical errors. These techniques also offer the ability to improve outcomes through diagnosis of uniparental disomy and may soon be able to consistently distinguish between normal and balanced translocation karyotypes. Although an accurate projection of the anticipated number of unbalanced embryos is not possible at present, confirmation of normal/balanced status results in high pregnancy rates (PRs) and diagnostic accuracy.

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Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility┬« is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders.