HUM-MOLGEN DIAGnostics/Clinical Research


April, 9 1999
Sertoli-cell-only syndrome

I am  trying to help a young man who was investigated for infertility and found to have sertoli-cell-only syndrome.  He has had a semen analysis which shows no spermatozoa.  Bilateral testicular biopsy shows no germ cells present.  He has an older brother who is well, and who is not yet married and has no children.  He also has two sisters who each have healthy children.

My patient is very anxious to know the etiology of his infertility.  He also wants a cure.  He wonders if we cannot simply fix his DNA.

I am in the process of arranging a karyotype and FISH analysis of the Y chromosome.  I am also banking DNA.  Is there anyone who is interested in studying this man's sample?  Is there anything I can offer him?  Has anyone had experience of any level of fertility given this scenario?
Thank you for your help.

Lea Velsher MD, FRCPF
Lakeridge Health Oshawa
Oshawa, ON, L1G 2B9, Canada
Fax 905 721-4757
Ph. 905 576-8711, ext. 4114