Meiotic abnormalities and spermatogenic parameters in severe oligoasthenozoospermia

J. M. Vendrell, F. García, A. Veiga, G. Calderón, S. Egozcue, J. Egozcue, P. N. Barri

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The incidence of meiotic abnormalities and their relationship with different spermatogenic parameters was assessed in 103 male patients with presumably idiopathic severe oligoasthenozoospermia (motile sperm concentration ≤ 1.5 x 106/ml). Meiosis on testicular biopsies was independently evaluated by two observers. Meiotic patterns included normal meiosis and two meiotic abnormalities, i.e. severe arrest and synaptic anomalies. A normal pattern was found in 64 (62.1%), severe arrest in 21 (20.4%) and synaptic anomalies in 18 (17.5%). The overall rate of meiotic abnormalities was 37.9%. Most (66.7%) meiotic abnormalities occurred in patients with a sperm concentration ≤ 1 x 106/ml. In this group, total meiotic abnormalities were found in 57.8% of the patients; of these, 26.7% had synaptic anomalies. When the sperm concentration was ≤ 0.5 x 106/ml, synaptic anomalies were detected in 40% of the patients. In patients with increased follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) concentrations, total meiotic abnormalities occurred in 54.8% (synaptic anomalies in 22.6%). There were statistically significant differences among the three meiotic patterns in relation to sperm concentration (P < 0.001) and serum FSH concentration (P < 0.05). In the multivariate analysis, sperm concentration ≤ 1 x 106/ml and/or FSH concentration > 10 IU/l were the only predictors of meiotic abnormalities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-378
JournalHuman Reproduction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999


  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
  • Meiosis
  • Meiotic chromosome abnormalities
  • Oligoasthenozoospermia
  • Sperm parameters


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