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Fertility Treatment Tied to Risk of Cerebral Palsy

Reuters Health,  July 2, 2010

While the absolute risk of having a baby with cerebral palsy is still quite low for couples undergoing infertility treatment, a new study confirms that children conceived via infertility treatment may have a higher-than-average risk of cerebral palsy. The higher risk is explained largely by their higher rates of multiple births and preterm delivery.

The study, of nearly 590,000 children born in Denmark between 1995 and 2003, found that those conceived through assisted reproduction were about twice as likely to be diagnosed with cerebral palsy as children who were conceived naturally.

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