Heterologous assisted reproduction and kernicterus: the unlucky concidence reveals an ethical dilemma

Maria Luisa Di Pietro, Daniele De Luca, Andrea Virdis, Simonetta Costa, Maria Pia De Carolis, Costantino Romagnoli, Enrico Zecca

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivista

Abstract

Secrecy and anonymity related to heterologous assisted reproduction may hide basic newborn data to neonatologists. Secrecy and anonymity are discussed in view of their possible consequences on relational dynamics and on developmental psychology. Nevertheless, they can also involve the offspring's genetic status regarding inheritable diseases. International guidelines have been recently published on this topic. Because no guidelines are 'ideal' unfortunate and possibly dramatic consequences can occur. We aimed to embark on a debate about this matter starting with a real clinical experience. In our case a rarely fatal but widespread disease, together with the lack of knowledge about parental status led, in a fast succession of clinical events, to the unavoidable insurgence of kernicterus.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)219-222
Numero di pagine4
RivistaTHE JOURNAL OF MATERNAL-FETAL & NEONATAL MEDICINE
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2008

Keywords

  • Heterologous assisted reproduction
  • ethical dilemma
  • kenicterus

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