Disorders of the Male Reproductive System

  • Emil Steinberger


The last decade has witnessed an increased awareness of the reproductive hazards associated with exposure to chemicals commonly found in the environment. In the past, concern for the harmful reproductive effects of toxic exposure focused mainly on the pregnant woman and her fetus. A number of recent events have drawn attention to the adverse effects of occupational and environmental exposures on the male reproductive system. In 1976 an explosion at a chemical plant in Seveso, Italy released a cloud of dioxin, a known reproductive toxin in test animals. This industrial accident aroused concern for the reproductive health of the exposed workers and the general population (14). In 1977 Whorton et al. reported that occupational exposure to dibromochloropropane (DBCP) was linked to profound testicular toxicity without evidence of other adverse effects (147).


Sperm Count Seminiferous Epithelium Male Reproductive System Testicular Biopsy Toxic Exposure 
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