In the present study, we have evaluated the influence of the location of the blood sampling in the spermatic vein on the steroid concentrations observed. Simultaneous blood sampling at two different points of the spermatic vein (iliac level and pampiniform plexus) was perfomed in the same patients during a surgical protocol for varicocelectomy. In order to further evaluate which of the two sampling points is more useful to investigate testicular secretion, we have performed both forms of sampling in 4 volunteers given an HCG stimulation 24 h before the surgical procedure. It was found that levels of testosterone (T) and 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP) were higher in the pampiniform plexus (scrotal) than at the iliac sampling point (T scrotal 1,168.343 +/- 142.65 nmol/l, iliac 850.63 +/- 143.411 nmol/l, n = 21, p less than 0.01; 17-OHP scrotal 260.130 +/- 43.14 nmol/l, iliac 164.46 +/- 31.02 nmol/l, n = 17, p less than 0.01). This indicates that spermatic blood collected at the scrotal sampling point has received more blood coming from the testis than the blood collected at the iliac point. We did not observe significant differences in progesterone and delta 4-androstenedione (delta 4) levels between the two samplings. The T/delta 4 ratio was significantly lower in the iliac than in the scrotal sampling (T/delta 4 scrotal 31.420 +/- 6.69; iliac 15.41 +/- 3.84; p less than 0.05). After HCG stimulation, testosterone concentrations were higher in the pampiniform plexus than in the iliac sample. This suggests that the first sampling point is more proper for studying testicular secretion.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

The influence of sampling point on testicular steroid concentrations in spermatic venous blood: A physiological approach to evaluate testicular secretion. / Ando', Sebastiano; Panno, Maria Luisa; Colpi G., M; Beraldi, E; Aquila, Saveria. - In: HORMONE RESEARCH. - ISSN 0301-0163. - 27:1(1987), pp. 23-29.

The influence of sampling point on testicular steroid concentrations in spermatic venous blood: A physiological approach to evaluate testicular secretion.

ANDO', Sebastiano;PANNO, Maria Luisa;AQUILA, Saveria
1987

Abstract

In the present study, we have evaluated the influence of the location of the blood sampling in the spermatic vein on the steroid concentrations observed. Simultaneous blood sampling at two different points of the spermatic vein (iliac level and pampiniform plexus) was perfomed in the same patients during a surgical protocol for varicocelectomy. In order to further evaluate which of the two sampling points is more useful to investigate testicular secretion, we have performed both forms of sampling in 4 volunteers given an HCG stimulation 24 h before the surgical procedure. It was found that levels of testosterone (T) and 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP) were higher in the pampiniform plexus (scrotal) than at the iliac sampling point (T scrotal 1,168.343 +/- 142.65 nmol/l, iliac 850.63 +/- 143.411 nmol/l, n = 21, p less than 0.01; 17-OHP scrotal 260.130 +/- 43.14 nmol/l, iliac 164.46 +/- 31.02 nmol/l, n = 17, p less than 0.01). This indicates that spermatic blood collected at the scrotal sampling point has received more blood coming from the testis than the blood collected at the iliac point. We did not observe significant differences in progesterone and delta 4-androstenedione (delta 4) levels between the two samplings. The T/delta 4 ratio was significantly lower in the iliac than in the scrotal sampling (T/delta 4 scrotal 31.420 +/- 6.69; iliac 15.41 +/- 3.84; p less than 0.05). After HCG stimulation, testosterone concentrations were higher in the pampiniform plexus than in the iliac sample. This suggests that the first sampling point is more proper for studying testicular secretion.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
steroids; male reproduction; testis
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