Ovarian tissue cryopreservation and autotransplantation


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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012. All rights reserved. This chapter focuses on an approach to protecting ovarian tissue: the surgical removal and cryopreservation of ovarian tissue (ovarian cortical fragments or the intact ovary) prior to cancer therapy, followed by later autotransplantation. The obvious advantage of this currently experimental approach is that ovarian tissue is completely protected from the deleterious effects of chemotherapeutic agents or irradiation. Challenges of this approach include those related to the surgical techniques, limiting ovarian damage from both cryopreservation and hypoxia, and adapting in vitro fertilization/embryo transfer (IVF/ET) techniques when required. Despite these challenges, this approach has been demonstrated to be feasible and shows great promise for preservation of ovarian function and fertility in women treated for malignancy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bedaiwy, MA; Bareh, GM; Rodewald, KJ; Hurd, WW

Published Date

  • January 1, 2012

Book Title

  • Fertility Preservation: Emerging Technologies and Clinical Applications

Start / End Page

  • 107 - 119

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781441917829

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/9781441917836_9

Citation Source

  • Scopus