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Fructose and alpha-glucosidase tests

iVF Riga clinic offers new methods for determining the cause of male infertility: fructose and alpha-glucosidase tests

iVF Riga clinic pays particular attention to diagnosis and treatment of male infertility; therefore, the range of services has been extended to include two new tests that can help find out what the underlying cause of infertility is and how to deal with it. iVF Riga clinic offers testing for fructose and alpha-glucosidase for men with azoospermia (no sperm found in ejaculate) and with a small amount of ejaculate. This enables the doctor to determine quickly and without additional manipulations (such as TESA) whether the problem is caused by obstruction or other condition, such as spermatogenesis disorders. The purpose of the fructose test is to measure the amount of fructose in ejaculate or seminal plasma. Fructose in ejaculate reflects the secretory function of seminal vesicles, as it gives energy to the sperm movement during ejaculation. The lack, or low concentration, of fructose may indicate obstructive processes. The level of alpha-glucosidase activity depends on epididymal secretory activity. Very low a-glucosidase activity may be a sign of epididymal and ejaculatory duct obstruction or partial obstruction caused by inflammation or infection. The fructose and alpha-glucosidase tests may help in assessing the diagnosis and further treatment of male infertility.

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