Effect of Medullary Lesions on Scrotal Thermoregulation: A Preliminary Study

  • S. Belhamou
  • A. Chapuis
  • R. Hsiung
  • A. Clavert
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 286)


Hyperthermia is an important factor of infertility as it has been demonstrated by Zorgniotti (1973) and Mieusset (1987). The low testicular temperature is regulated by numerous regulatory systems (Setchell, 1978), which are neurologically mediated. Iggo (1969) described cutaneous thermoreceptors in the scrotal skin. Kumazawa and Mizumura (1983) demonstrated a thermal dependency of chemical response of the superior spermatic nerve in vitro. In rats, scrotal temperature induces neurological responses in thalamus, hypothalamus (Kanosue et al., 1985) and caudate-putamen (Taylor et al., 1987). The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of spinal injury on scrotal temperature in men.


Spinal Injury Local Heating Chemical Response Scrotal Skin Scrotal Temperature 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Belhamou
    • 1
  • A. Chapuis
    • 2
  • R. Hsiung
    • 3
  • A. Clavert
    • 3
  1. 1.Service d’urologieCentre Hospitalier GeneralMulhouse CedexFrance
  2. 2.Centre de Réadaptation FonctionnelleMulhouse CedexFrance
  3. 3.CECOS of AlsaceStrasbourg CedexFrance

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