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Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 25, Issue 5, pp 473–476 | Cite as

A case of reversible azoospermia following withdrawal from alcohol consumption

  • E. Vicari
  • A. Arancio
  • V. Giuffrida
  • R. D’Agata
  • A. E. Calogero
Case Report

Abstract

Chronic alcohol intake is associated with male reproductive function impairment. However, no longitudinal studies have been carried out to determine the recovery of alcohol-related spermatogenetic failure subsequent to moderate periods of abstinence. The present report describes the achievement of a pregnancy 3 months after withdrawal from alcohol consumption in the partner of a patient with azoospermia secondary to heavy alcoholic intake (mean daily alcohol consumption: 90 g). Alcoholism was the putative cause of the infertile condition of this patient because, during alcohol consumption, he first had teratozoospermia characterized by a never reported high percentage of spermatozoa with large heads (associated with a nonmegaloblastic macrocytic anaemia in the blood smear), and subsequently azoospermia.

Keywords

Alcohol Consumption Azoospermia Semen Quality Sperm Parameter Head Form 
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© Italian Society of Endocrinology (SIE) 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Vicari
    • 1
  • A. Arancio
    • 1
  • V. Giuffrida
    • 1
  • R. D’Agata
    • 1
  • A. E. Calogero
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Endocrinology, Andrology and Internal Medicine, Department of Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Catania, Ospedale GaribaldiCataniaItaly

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