Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

Specialty of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is a technique used in IVF treatments for selecting embryos to avoid genetic and chromosomal diseases. Under Spanish law, this technique is authorized for the detection of serious hereditary diseases, early onset and for which there is still no cure. In these cases, preimplantation diagnosis can select from eggs fertilized embryo gene that free of the disease before being transferred to the uterus. The diagnosis is made based on the analysis of single cell embryo to determine whether or not carrying a particular gene mutation, and select or dismiss it for implantation. Thus, it improves the chances of success of IVF treatments and the risk of abortion is reduced.

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