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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2005;48(11):2729-2734.
Published online November 1, 2005.
A Case of Empty Follicle Syndrome with Successful Oocyte Retrieval by Use of Recombinant Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.
Hee Seuong Kim, Su Jin Chai, Byung Chul Jee, Seung Yup Ku, Chang Suk Suh, Young Min Choi, Jung Gu Kim, Shin Yong Moon, Seok Hyun Kim
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, Medical Research Center, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. seokhyun@plaza.snu.ac.kr
2Institute of Reproductive Medicine and Population, Medical Research Center, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
It has been decades since the concept of empty follicle syndrome (EFS), in which no oocytes are retrieved in an in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET) cycle, was introduced. The incidence of this syndrome in patients undergoing IVF-ET has been estimated to be about 0.6-7%. The use of recombinant human chorionic gonadotropin (r-hCG) can be a useful option for the EFS patients with previous failure of oocyte retrieval in IVF-ET cycles. We present a case of empty follicle syndrome with successful oocyte retrieval by the use of r-hCG.
Key Words: Empty follicle syndrome, Recombinant human chorionic gonadotropin, In vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, Oocyte retrieval
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