Latest update: 17/03/2016

PGD: what: why and for whom?

If you want children and also have a genetic disorder, you can approach UZ Brussel for special treatment: PGD or pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.

PGD means that embryos obtained via in vitro fertilisation (IVF) are diagnosed genetically first and only then transfered to the uterus.

UZ Brussel Expertise in PGD

The very first PGD was performed in 1990 in Great Britain. Since then PGD has been used in specialised centres around the world.
Since 1993 it has also been performed at UZ Brussel.
In the meantime our PGD clinic has expanded to become one of the leading centres in Europe.

Regarding scientific research into children born of PGD treatment, UZ Brussel is also at the absolute top: as one of the few centres in the world we have consistently monitored all babies that we have helped set foot in the world via this treatment. For the PGD clinic this postnatal follow-up is an indissoluble part of the treatment.



PGD is a very reliable diagnostic technique, with a minimal risk of a false diagnosis.
You can get a control diagnosis performed via a prenatal test (chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis) during your pregnancy. At that point we can determine with even more certainty whether the foetus has the disorder we are testing for or not.
At that time we can also look for other possible problems, such as Down’s syndrome.
Unfortunately an invasive prenatal examination also entails a small risk (a half to one percent) of a miscarriage.

In addition the UZ Brussel medical genetics service offers in many, but not in all cases, the possibility of having a control diagnosis performed after the birth of your baby.