Embryo reduction is an intervention performed on women with a multiple pregnancy in order to stop the development of one or more fetuses. In this way, the pregnancy can continue without endangering the health of the mother or the future babies that will be born.
To perform embryo reduction, the gynecologist injects a potassium chloride solution into the fetus to be removed. To reach the fetus, the needle is inserted through the mother's abdomen and guided by ultrasound.
Read the full article on: Multifetal pregnancy reduction – the how and why of the procedure ( 59).
By Paloma de la Fuente Vaquero M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc. (gynecologist), Zaira Salvador B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist) and Michelle Lorraine Embleton B.Sc. Ph.D. (biochemist).
Last Update: 08/29/2022