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Asthma in Swedish children conceived by in vitro fertilisation
Lund University, Sweden .
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Pediatrics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Paediatrics in Linköping.
Karolinska Institute, Sweden .
National Board Health and Welf, Sweden .
2013 (English)In: Archives of Disease in Childhood, ISSN 0003-9888, E-ISSN 1468-2044, Vol. 98, no 2, 92-96 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives To investigate a proposed association between in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and child asthma. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanDesign The risk for asthma after IVF was estimated as ORs using Mantel-Haenszel analysis. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanSetting The Swedish Medical Birth Register. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanPatients Of the 2 628 728 children born in 1982-2007 and surviving the perinatal period, 31 918 were conceived by IVF. Presence of asthma was defined as at least five prescriptions of antiasthmatic drugs during the period 1 July 2005-31 December 2009 according to the Swedish Prescribed Drug Register (115 767 children, 2323 of whom were born after IVF). less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults A significantly increased risk for asthma, albeit small, was found in children conceived by IVF (aOR 1.28, 95% CI 1.23 to 1.34), increasing the absolute risk from 4.4% to 5.6%. The risk increase for asthma was the same in boys and girls, in singletons and twins, and after caesarean section and vaginal delivery. The risk was higher for preterm than term singletons. For children with a low Apgar score, respiratory diagnoses, mechanical ventilation, continuous positive airway pressure or neonatal sepsis, the effect of IVF on asthma risk was low and statistically non-significant. Adjustment for length of involuntary childlessness eliminated the effect, and removal of infants whose mothers had used antiasthmatics in early pregnancy reduced the risk. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusions This study verifies an association between IVF and asthma in children. This can be partly explained by neonatal morbidity and by maternal asthma acting as mediators, but the main risk factor is parental subfertility. The mechanism for this is unclear.

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BMJ Publishing Group , 2013. Vol. 98, no 2, 92-96 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-89516DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2012-301822ISI: 000313743400003OAI: diva2:608371

Funding Agencies|Evy and Gunnar Sandberg Foundation, Lund, Sweden||

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