Flashcards in Path of Male Repro Tract Deck (47)
Review-ish: What affect does FSH have on Sertoli cells' handling of androgens?
Causes increase in adrogen binding protein
Causes increase in aromatase -> conversion of T -> estradiol for release in periphery
For party trivia: How many sperm does each testis make per day?
about 100 x 10^6
What's one really important thing that seminal vesicles add to the ejaculate?
3 main regions for infertility?
Pre-testicular (HPT axis), testicular, post-testicular
What is hyperprolactinemia? What might cause it? What might it cause related to infertility?
May be caused by pituitary microadenoma.
May cause azoospermia (found in 13% of azoospermic men).
(may also cause gynecomastia)
Review: What's azoospermia?
No sperm in the semen.
A defect in what enzyme can cause Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)? What happens to affected males?
Defect in 21-hydroxylase (which shunts an androgen precursor toward cortisol) -> increased T.
Males with CAH develop secondary sex characteristics early, but excess T impairs gonadotropin release necessary for testis maturation.
What blood test can you do for CAH?
Can test for increased 17-hydroxyprogesterone, which is 21 hydroxylase's substrate.
What tumors are males with CAH predisposed to?
Testicular adrenal rest tumors..... whatever those are.
Review: Genetic causes of male infertility?
Mostly chromosome abnormalities:
XXY (Klinefelter's) <- probs most important
Autosomal chromosome abnormalities too.
Bad things about cryptorchidism..?
Infertility due to impaired spermatogenesis.
If unilateral, descended testis can still have problems.
Increased risk for neoplasia.
(interestingly, Leydig cells still seem to work)
2 physical testicular causes of infertility? (other than cryptorchidism)
Varicocele - impaired veins drainage of testes, esp. left.
2 broad categories of infectious causes of infertility?
Granulomatous (esp. TB)
Non-granulomatous (esp. Mumps... but that's not very common nowdays)
3 causes of post-testicular infertility?
Congenital (esp. CF)
Diethylstilbestrol (DES) exposure
What the heck is diethylstilbestrol (DES)?
Similar to thalidomide, it's a synthetic hormone that was given do lots of pregnant women that turned out later to have terrible effects. (probably not that important these days)
3 causes of epididymitis?
STDs (gonorrhea and chlamydia)
E. coli (in older men with prostatism -> reduced integrity of all sorts of tubes -> E. coli get into places they shouldn't)
TB and others.
3 causes of ejaculatory dysfunction?
Neurogenic (spinal cord injury, MS)
Surgery (esp. prostatectomy)
5 histologic patterns seen in infertility?
Maturation arrest (no spermatids)
Germ cell sloughing
Atrophy and fibrosis
Sertoli cell only
3 ways to have Sertoli cell only syndrome?
Deficiency of FSH / LH
Dysgenetic Sertoli cells
Failure of migration / loss of PGCs
What are 5 male germ cell tumors we looked at?
Yolk Sac Tumors
(we didn't talk about Spermatocytic Seminoma)
Why is important to destinguish seminoma vs. non-seminoma GC tumor?
Seminomas are very radiosensitive
Are more GC tumors of one type (pure) or mixed?
60% are mixed. Keep that in mind when agonizing over what type of tumor you're looking at.
4 risk factors for GC tumor?
Prior testicular GC tumor
What's the most consistent chromosome change in GC tumors?
(this seems to be an important point)
Which GC tumor is most like a germ cell?
What type of process stains positive for Placental Alkaline Phosphatase (PLAP)?
Intratubular Germ Cell Neoplasia (ITGCN)
What's the significance of Intratubular Germ Cell Neoplasia (ITGCN)?
It's a precursor lesion that very often progresses to GC tumor.
What do seminoma cell look like histologically?
Uniform cells with abudant clear cytoplasm (like a fried egg). Prominent nucleoli.
How do seminomas usually present?
Painless testicular mass (70% of time)