Planned oocyte cryopreservation in women with blepharophimosis-ptosis-epicanthus inversus syndrome: a case series

Marissa L. Bonus*, Rachel Pothast, Julie D. Lamb, Eve C. Feinberg, Lia A. Bernardi

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Abstract

Objective: To describe the experiences of three women with blepharophimosis-ptosis-epicanthus inversus syndrome (BPES) who desired to pursue planned oocyte cryopreservation. Design: Case series. Setting: An academic institution and a private clinic. Patient(s): Three nulligravid women aged 23, 25, and 34 years who desired to pursue planned oocyte cryopreservation. Two women had BPES diagnosed when they were infants and one had BPES diagnosed after presenting to discuss oocyte cryopreservation. Intervention(s): All three women underwent ovarian stimulation. One woman underwent three oocyte retrievals. Main Outcomes Measure(s): Vitrification of metaphase II oocytes. Result(s): One woman had a total of eight metaphase II oocytes vitrified. In addition, she underwent genetic testing that confirmed type 1 BPES. The other two women, who had BPES diagnosed when they were newborns, each underwent two cycles of ovarian stimulation. Neither of these two women responded to ovarian stimulation and both cycles were cancelled before oocyte retrieval. Conclusion(s): BPES is a rare condition that can lead to primary ovarian insufficiency. Early identification of this condition is important to allow for timely reproductive counseling so that oocyte cryopreservation can be offered at a young age before oocyte depletion. Careful counseling is critical for these patients, because this case series demonstrated that not all women with BPES will respond to stimulation. Further, outcomes with cryopreserved oocytes have not yet been described in women with BPES.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-337
Number of pages6
JournalF and S Reports
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Blepharophimosis-ptosis-epicanthus inversus syndrome
  • diminished ovarian reserve
  • oocyte vitrification
  • premature ovarian failure
  • primary ovarian insufficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Embryology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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