Testicular touch preparation cytology

Edward Kim, John A. Greer, Jacki Abrams, Larry I. Lipshultz

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Purpose: The applications, technique and limitations of testicular touch preparation cytology in evaluation of the infertile man are described. Materials and Methods: The technique and histological results of testicular touch preparation cytology for normal specimens and various pathological conditions of male infertility are described in detail. Results: Testicular touch preparation cytology is able to differentiate between late spermatids and mature spermatozoa, as well as to identify other spermatogenic elements. Conclusions: Touch preparation cytology has 2 important purposes: 1) distinguishing between maturation arrest at the late spermatid stage and normal spermatogenesis, and 2) determining whether obstruction is the cause of azoospermia. While testis biopsy is the gold standard, touch preparation cytology is an extremely important adjunct because of its ability to define whole sperm. The urologist and pathologist are better able to make a diagnosis when routine biopsy and touch preparation cytology are performed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1412-1414
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Urology
Volume156
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

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Cell Biology
Spermatids
Spermatozoa
Histological Techniques
Biopsy
Azoospermia
Aptitude
Male Infertility
Spermatogenesis
Testis

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Kim, E., Greer, J. A., Abrams, J., & Lipshultz, L. I. (1996). Testicular touch preparation cytology. Journal of Urology, 156(4), 1412-1414. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-5347(01)65603-9

Testicular touch preparation cytology. / Kim, Edward; Greer, John A.; Abrams, Jacki; Lipshultz, Larry I.

In: Journal of Urology, Vol. 156, No. 4, 01.01.1996, p. 1412-1414.

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Kim, E, Greer, JA, Abrams, J & Lipshultz, LI 1996, 'Testicular touch preparation cytology', Journal of Urology, vol. 156, no. 4, pp. 1412-1414. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-5347(01)65603-9
Kim, Edward ; Greer, John A. ; Abrams, Jacki ; Lipshultz, Larry I. / Testicular touch preparation cytology. In: Journal of Urology. 1996 ; Vol. 156, No. 4. pp. 1412-1414.
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