Case report: successful pregnancy after vitrification of a human blastocyst that had completely escaped from the zona pellucida on day 6

Hiraoka, Kenichiro; Hiraoka, Kaori; Kinutani, Masayuki; Kinutani, Kazuo
April 2004
Human Reproduction;Vol. 19 Issue 4, p988
Academic Journal
This case report describes a successful pregnancy after vitrification of a human hatched blastocyst. A 31‐year‐old woman, after failed stimulated and thaw cycles, underwent short‐treatment protocol stimulation, and oocytes were recovered transvaginally with ultrasound guidance. Eight mature oocytes were obtained and six were fertilized with conventional IVF. Consecutive embryo transfer was performed, in which two cleaved embryos were transferred on day 3 and a single blastocyst was transferred on day 5, but no implantation occurred. On day 6, one of the non‐transferred embryos developed into a blastocyst that had completely escaped from the zona pellucida. The zona‐free hatched blastocyst was vitrified using a cryotop procedure after artificial shrinkage, which in our clinical experience has proved to be effective for zona‐intact blastocysts. Six months after the previous retrieval cycle, the cryopreserved hatched blastocyst survived the warming process and was transferred to the patient’s uterus. Implantation resulted in a healthy pregnancy; the pregnancy is ongoing at 33 weeks. This is the first report of a pregnancy after vitrification of a human blastocyst that had completely escaped from the zona pellucida.


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