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Fertil Steril. 2009 Dec;92(6):1920-3. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2008.09.033. Epub 2008 Nov 11.

Inhibin B reference data for fertile and infertile men in Northeast America.

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The Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine normative levels of inhibin B and examine levels in relationship to FSH, sperm count, and motility in a cohort of fertile and infertile men from the Northeast United States.

DESIGN:

Prospective comparative study of inhibin B levels in fertile and infertile patient groups.

SETTING:

Tertiary academic referral center.

PATIENT(S):

Fertile men were recruited among those presenting for elective vasectomy. Men being evaluated for infertility were also recruited within the same practice.

INTERVENTION(S):

Serum collection.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):

FSH and inhibin B levels were measured in serum samples.

RESULT(S):

A total of 55 fertile and 85 presenting for infertility evaluations were recruited. The mean serum inhibin B level was significantly higher in the fertile (138 pg/mL) than infertile group (78 pg/mL). Inhibin B levels correlated positively (R(2) = 0.27) and FSH correlated negatively (R(2) = 0.33) with total sperm concentration. General linear model multiple regression demonstrated that the FSH and inhibin B were equally predictive of sperm concentration.

CONCLUSION(S):

Inhibin B levels in fertile men and infertile men in Northeast America were similar but not identical to those reported in other geographic regions. Both inhibin B and FSH are useful markers of spermatogenesis.

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