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Mayer R.B.,Johannes Kepler University | Ebner T.,Johannes Kepler University | Yaman C.,Johannes Kepler University | Hartl J.,Johannes Kepler University | And 4 more authors.
Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology | Year: 2015

Objective: To investigate the effect of intracervical and intravaginal application of seminal plasma on the endometrium, as assessed by endometrial/subendometrial vascularization and endometrial volume between the day of oocyte retrieval and the day of embryo transfer in an in-vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI) cycle. Methods: This was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study including patients undergoing a first or second IVF/ICSI cycle. Homologous seminal plasma or placebo (sodium chloride) was injected into the cervix and posterior vaginal fornix just after follicle aspiration. Three-dimensional power Doppler examination was performed 30 min before oocyte retrieval and 30 min before embryo transfer. Main outcome measures were changes in vascularization flow index (VFI), flow index (FI) and vascularization index (VI) of the endometrium/subendometrium using VOCAL™ (Virtual Organ Computer-aided AnaLysis) and endometrial volume. Results: One hundred patients agreed to participate in the study. Twenty-three patients were excluded, mainly as a result of canceled embryo transfer. Data were analyzed from 40 patients receiving seminal plasma and 37 receiving placebo. No significant differences between the two groups were seen in VFI, FI or VI of the endometrium or subendometrium or in endometrial volume on the day of oocyte pick-up and on the day of embryo transfer. Conclusion: Neither endometrial/subendometrial vascularization parameters nor endometrial volume seem to be affected by the application of seminal plasma in patients undergoing their first or second IVF/ICSI cycle. Copyright © 2014 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Struhal W.,Allgemeines Krankenhaus Linz AKHL | Presslauer S.,Wilhelminenspital WS | Spielberger S.,Innsbruck Medical University | Zimprich A.,Medical University of Vienna | And 17 more authors.
Journal of Neural Transmission | Year: 2014

Recently a new autosomal dominant Parkinson's disease mutation (p.Asp620Asn) in the VPS35 gene was discovered. The clinical features of 14 PD patients with this mutation from three Austrian families were evaluated. Age at disease-onset appears lower and depression was more common in Austrian patients compared to sporadic PD patients. However, we were unable to identify a specific clinical maker of VPS35 patients, who otherwise resemble sporadic PD patients. © 2014 Springer-Verlag.

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