Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: Dr Oktay and colleagues1 performed ovarian autotransplantation in the forearm
in 2 young women before pelvic irradiation or surgery with the aim of preserving
endocrine function. The success of the procedure was assessed by hormonal
and ultrasonographic monitoring, during a relatively short follow-up.
In their discussion, the authors present their work as "the first report
of endocrine function and oocyte retrieval after autologous grafting of ovarian
cortical strips to the forearm." This statement is incorrect: 16 years ago,
we performed heterotopic ovarian autotransplantation in the arm of a 15-year-old
girl before radiation therapy for pelvic Hodgkin disease. This technique was
published after 2 years of follow-up to ensure both hormonal and ovulation
functional long-term outcome.2
Leporrier M, Roffe JL, Von Theobald P, Muller G. Autologous Transplantation of Whole Ovaries vs Ovarian Cortical Strips. JAMA. 2002;287(1):44-45. doi:10.1001/jama.287.1.40