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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 726-9

Testicular biopsies--histomorphologic patterns in male infertility.

Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum

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S Venkatachala
Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum

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PMID: 18306537

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The objective of the present study is to observe the spectrum of histopathological changes in the testicular biopsies of infertile men and to assess if a bilateral biopsy is required to reveal the pathology of infertility in every case or a unilateral biopsy would suffice. Thirty testicular biopsies (21 bilateral and 9 unilateral) were studied from 30 infertile men. The patterns of testicular damage seen in the present study were maturation arrest followed by hypospermatogenesis, Sertoli-cell only syndrome, tubular hyalinisation and one case was associated with normal histology. Comparing the histopathological findings in bilateral biopsies, it was seen that a unilateral biopsy would suffice to reveal the pathology in most instances and a bilateral biopsy is needed only when there is appreciable difference in the size of the testes.

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