Oligozoospermia, asthenozoospermia, and sperm abnormalities in ex-addict to heroin, morphine, and hashish

R. Singer, M. Ben-Bassat, Z. Malik, M. Sagiv, A. Ravid, B. Shohat, E. Livni, T. Mamon, E. Segenreich, C. Servadio

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Abstract

A 40-year-old male had been addicted to heroin, morphine, hashish, and other narcotics for 12 years. At examination, 2 years after abstinence from drugs, his semen analysis revealed oligozoospermia, asthenozoospermia, and morphologically abnormal spermatozoa such as "round-headed" and "kinked"mdash;sperm with neck abnormalities and immature forms. There was no evidence of other morphological abnormalities or of the presence of morphologically normal sperm. A possible correlation is discussed between the long-lasting drug addiction and morphological sperm abnormality, endocrinological function, karyotype, and immunological status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-174
Number of pages8
JournalSystems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Addiction and asthenozoospermia
  • Addiction and oligozoospermia
  • Addiction and teratospermia
  • Addiction to narcotics
  • Human
  • Spermatozoa
  • Ultrastructure

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