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Semen retrieval and analysis in men with myelomeningocele.
Spinalis SCI Research Unit, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm.
Spinalis SCI Research Unit, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm.
Neuropediatric Section, Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Huddinge University Hospital, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge, Sweden.
2000 (English)In: Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, ISSN 0012-1622, E-ISSN 1469-8749, Vol. 42, no 10, 681-684 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The introduction of advanced assisted reproduction technologies (ART) has created opportunities for the treatment of infertility among patients with myelomeningocele (MMC). The aim of this study was to assess the possibility of semen retrieval and to analyse the semen quality in men with MMC. Nine men, aged 22 to 39 with MMC participated in the study. Two participants were able to achieve unassisted ejaculation. Vibratory stimulation was unsuccessfully attempted in the remaining seven participants who then underwent electroejaculation under general anaesthesia. In total, enough spermatozoa for intracytoplasmic spermatozoa injection were retrieved from five participants. In four cases, no spermatozoa were observed in the ejaculates. Testicular biopsies, however, revealed spermatogenesis, and thus a reproductive potential, in one of these men. Therefore, in six of the nine men with MMC, fatherhood seemed possible with modern ART, despite the semen quality generally being very poor.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2000. Vol. 42, no 10, 681-684 p.
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Neurology Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Occupational Therapy
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126382DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2000.tb00679.xPubMedID: 11085296OAI: diva2:913951
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