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Use of Diagnostic Testing to Detect Infertility

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The evaluation of the infertile male continues to be a clinical challenge of increasing significance with considerable emotional and financial burdens. Many physiological, environmental and genetic factors are implicated; however, the etiology of suboptimal semen quality is poorly understood. This review focuses on the diagnostic testing currently available, as well as future directions that will be helpful for the practicing urologist and other clinicians to fully evaluate the infertile male.

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This study was supported in part by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (grant P01HD36289 to Dr. Dolores J. Lamb) and the National Institute of Kidney and Digestive Diseases (grant 1K12DK083014 [Multidisciplinary K12 Urology Research Career Development Program at Baylor] to Dr. Dolores J. Lamb and Dr. Kathleen Hwang).

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Hwang, K., Lipshultz, L.I. & Lamb, D.J. Use of Diagnostic Testing to Detect Infertility. Curr Urol Rep 12, 68–76 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11934-010-0154-0

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