Antisperm antibodies in cryptorchid boys
Education, Medical, Undergraduate
To explore whether the development of antisperm antibodies might play a role in inhibiting the future fertility of cryptorchid boys, 32 boys who underwent orchiopexy and 21 boys who underwent other inguinal surgeries were examined for the presence of antibodies to donor sperm. This group was compared to 23 boys who underwent noninguinal surgery or who had unrelated medical conditions. Using the indirect immunobead assay, 28% of the boys in the study group were found to have antisperm antibodies. These were predominantly of the IgG isotype. In the comparison group, only 1 boy (4%) had antisperm antibodies (P < 0.05).