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Successful Pregnancy Outcome after In Vitro Fertilization in a Kidney Graft Recipient: A Case Report and Literature Review

Bronisława Pietrzak, Natalia Mazanowska, Bożena Kociszewska-Najman, Iwona Szymusik, Barbara Grzechocińska, Joanna Pazik, Zoulikha Jabiry-Zieniewicz, Anna Popow, Mirosław Wielgos

1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Ann Transplant 2015; 20:338-341

DOI: 10.12659/AOT.893735

Available online: 2015-06-16

Published: 2015-06-16

BACKGROUND: Successful spontaneous pregnancy in a kidney graft recipient is regarded as a sign of full recovery. The crucial factors determining positive outcome are optimizing time of conception and multidisciplinary team care. However, there are only a few reports dealing with in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes in organ recipients.
CASE REPORT: A 34-year-old living donor kidney recipient with primary infertility due to bilateral tubal obstruction was referred to our clinic. Transfer of 2 embryos was conducted after a long stimulation protocol with GnRH and rFSH, and a viable singleton pregnancy was confirmed by subsequent ultrasound examination. Pregnancy complications were: chronic hypertension, fetal intrauterine growth restriction, and severe anemia requiring blood transfusions and erythropoietin treatment. In the 34th week of gestation the patient presented with worsening of blood pressure control. A male newborn, 1810 grams weight and 10 points Apgar score was delivered by cesarean section. Although our patient was qualified for the IVF program with signs of suboptimal graft function, it was stable during the ovarian stimulation protocol. Fortunately, in the second half of the pregnancy only mild creatinine rise and proteinuria <1 g/day were observed.
CONCLUSIONS: IVF may be a good treatment option in female kidney graft recipients. It does not necessarily lead to graft function deterioration and it provides multidisciplinary specialized care, allowing for delivery of a healthy newborn.

Keywords: Fertilization in Vitro, Kidney Transplantation, Pregnancy