Successful Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva: a Case Report

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva

Purpose of the study

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) is a rare autosomal dominant condition that leads to significant disability and morbidity, characterised by the formation of heterotopic hard tissues within connective tissues. The condition has an incidence of approximately one per two million people worldwide. There is no known single effective treatment available for FOP. We report the world’s first case of a healthy infant born following in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and preimplantation genetic testing for monogenic disorder (PGT-M) using Karyomapping for FOP.

Case presentation

A 30-year-old Caucasian female with FOP presented with her partner seeking IVF with PGT-M to achieve a healthy pregnancy with an embryo unaffected by FOP.


The couple underwent IVF and PGT-M using Karyomapping as the testing method. A multi-disciplinary team approach was utilised in planning this case, considering the additional risks of oocyte retrieval, pregnancy and childbirth in women with FOP.

Main findings

The oocyte retrieval was covered with a 5-day course of prednisolone to reduce the risk of a localised inflammatory reaction, which could result in subsequent heterotopic ossification. This was subsequently weaned down with reducing doses every two days. The patient underwent uncomplicated oocyte retrieval, yielding 12 mature oocytes. Following intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), ten zygotes having two pro-nuclei were cultured, and six underwent trophoectoderm biopsy and vitrification 5–6 days after retrieval. PGT-M via Karyomapping revealed four out of six (66.7%) of blastocysts were not carriers of the maternal high-risk FOP allele. In total, the patient had three separate embryo transfers. Pregnancy was achieved following the third frozen embryo transfer, which went to 37 weeks’ gestation, and delivered by Caesarean section. The baby was born in excellent condition and is unaffected by FOP.


IVF/ICSI and PGT-M using Karyomapping was successfully implemented to identify embryos carrying the high-risk FOP allele resulting in a healthy livebirth.

Source: Springer