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|Titolo:||Luteinizing hormone pulsatility and computer-assisted analysis of sperm features in patients with hodgkin’s disease|
|Autori interni:||LENZI, Andrea|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1996|
|Rivista:||JOURNAL OF CANCER RESEARCH AND CLINICAL ONCOLOGY|
|Abstract:||The aim of this work was to characterize further the impairment of the reproductive function reported in untreated male patients with Hodgkin's disease. We evaluated the pattern of luteinizing hormone pulsatility and unconventional sperm features by computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA) in 20 adult patients affected by biopsy-proven Hodgkin's disease before they were submitted to any therapeutic approach. Changes of luteinizing hormone pulsatility were documented and consisted mainly in an increase in pulse number in comparison with control subjects (P < 0.05). On CASA, 1/3 of the patients showed a reduction in the sperm number but, when motility, velocity and linearity of progression were evaluated, the number of patients with seminal alterations rose to 2/3. Sperm velocity and linearity were already impaired in stages I and II, whereas sperm number was reduced only in stage III. Symptomatic patients, regardless of the stage, showed a significant deterioration of all parameters. Our study supports the view that in Hodgkin's disease, before any treatment, a disorder of the reproductive system is present, both at hypothalamic/hypophysial and the gonadal level, having a pathogenesis that deserves to be elucidated by further study.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.a Pubblicazione su Rivista|
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