Slight Risk for Retardation in IVF Kids

July 2, 2013 8:40 PM

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Children born as a result of in vitro fertilization (IVF) have a small but significant increase in risk of mental retardation, although not for autism, a large Swedish study found.

Among children conceived through any type of IVF procedure, the relative risk for mental retardation was 1.18 (95% CI 1.01-1.36), occurring at a rate of 46.3 per 100,000 person-years, compared with 39.8 per 100,000 for children born after spontaneous conception, according to Sven Sandin, MSc, of the...

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