SEMINAL FRUCTOSE IN VARIOUS CLASSES OF INFERTILE PATIENTS
Background: A great number of substances have been found in sperm plasma but so far it has not been possible to provide evidence of clinical significance for all of them. Fructose occupies the most important place in biochemical investigations. Fructose acts as a donor of energy to the spermatozoa. Fructose is secreted from the seminal vesicles and the accessory sex glands. It is the major carbohydrate found in seminal plasma, and appears essential for normal sperm motility. We present results of a prospective study of seminal fructose in patients referred for routine semen analysis prior to infertility treatment. Methods: Qualitative measurement of fructose in seminal fluid was carried out by Resorcinol method. Results: Fructose level in various groups of male infertility, and sperm concentration in various groups was estimated. They were classified as azoospermic, oligozoospermic, polyzoospermic, normozoospermic, asthenozoospermic, and teratozoospermic on the basis of sperm concentrations, motility and morphology respectively. Conclusion: It is indicated that the true corrected fructose level is a simple method for assessment of the seminal vesicular function.
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