selective reduction

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se·lec·tive re·duc·tion

a technique for intrauterine termination of one or more fetuses while leaving one or more fetuses undisturbed, usually in pregnancies with fetal anomalies or with multiple gestations.
Synonym(s): selective termination (1)

selective reduction

Obstetrics Selective termination of pregnancy, see there.

selective reduction

1. In radiography, the reduction of exposed silver halide crystals to black metallic silver, creating a visible image.
2. In oncology, killing or destroying tumor cells or their products with relatively little damage to healthy cells.
See also: reduction

Selective reduction

Typically referred to in cases of multi-fetal pregnancy, when one or more fetuses are aborted to preserve the viability of the remaining fetuses and decrease health risks to the mother.
Mentioned in: Abortion, Selective
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The study showed that selective fetal reduction did result in better birth weight and less risk of preterm birth, without increased pregnancy loss, except perhaps when twins were reduced to singletons.
Among women who conceived spontaneously and did not undergo fetal reduction, nulliparity approximately doubled the risks for preeclampsia, preterm premature rupture of membranes, and very low birth weight.
CHICAGO -- Difficult decisions about selective fetal reduction and invasive genetic testing often go hand in hand during the early weeks of a higher-order multiples gestation, Dr.
Stone and her colleagues at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York found that women who reported early bleeding were four times more likely to lose their pregnancies after fetal reduction than women who did not bleed.
Rehabilitation and fetal reductions must be performed on a total of 40 pools in 5 VEAS `process halls.
However, there are still large variations between countries in the availability and quality of assisted reproductive technology, resulting in problems like multiple births, ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome, and the need for fetal reductions in developing countries and in countries where the technology is too expensive for patients.