• A. Busuttil
  • S. Orr
  • T. B. Hargreave
Part of the Clinical Practice in Urology book series (PRACTICE UROLOG)


Testicular aspiration was first advocated by Huhner (1928) as a diagnostic measure in cases of azoospermia. In 1940 Charny suggested testicular biopsy to distinguish between obstructive and non-obstructive azoospermia. The value and role of testicular biopsy has remained the subject of considerable controversy for many years. Several workers have felt it to be of minimal value, except in patients with azoospermia (Scott 1968). Hanley (1955) felt that it was of no value as a regular procedure. More recently, however, testicular biopsy as a routine procedure has been advocated by Ellis (1968) and Meinhard et al. (1973).


Germ Cell Sertoli Cell Leydig Cell Seminiferous Tubule Male Infertility 
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  • A. Busuttil
  • S. Orr
  • T. B. Hargreave

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