To study the incidence of serum antisperm antibodies in patients with vas deferens obstruction caused by childhood inguinal herniorrhaphy.
Kansai Medical University and Kyoto University Hospital.
Thirteen patients with vas deferens obstruction caused by childhood inguinal herniorrhaphy.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES
Indirect immunobead test for serum antisperm antibodies.
Of 13 patients, 7 (54%) and 2 (15%) tested positive for immunoglobulin (Ig)G and IgA class antisperm antibodies, respectively; all patients tested negative for IgM class antibodies. The incidence of antisperm antibodies was not different between the patients with possible epididymal obstruction and those without epididymal obstruction.
A significant percentage of patients with vasal obstruction caused by infant inguinal herniorrhaphy have serum antisperm antibodies despite the absence of sperm granulomas.
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