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Alterations in semen parameters of toll collectors working at motorways: does diesel exposure induce detrimental effects on semen?
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PMID:  19032683     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Air pollution is contemporarily considered to be a significant cause in impairing semen parameters. The aim of this study was to investigate possible effects of traffic pollutants, mainly the diesel exposure, on semen analysis. A total of 38 men working as toll collectors at motorways formed the study group. Simultaneously, 35 men working as office personnel constituted the control group. Factors including varicocele, chronic diseases that can affect sperm production were the exclusion criteria. No difference regarding smoking was present between the groups. Usual semen analysis according to WHO guidelines was performed. The results of semen analysis revealed decreased motility and low sperm counts in eight and seven men from the study group respectively. Besides, a man from the same group had combined abnormality of decreased motility and low sperm count. However, two men from the control group had slight motility defect and one had low sperm count. The differences regarding the abnormal sperm count and motility were significant between the groups (P = 0.002 and P = 0.003, respectively). Similarly, the ratio of sperm cells with normal morphology was significantly lower in the study group than that in the control group (P = 0.001). This observation proposes that air pollution particularly diesel exposure may have detrimental effects on sperm parameters.
A Guven; A Kayikci; K Cam; P Arbak; O Balbay; M Cam
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Andrologia     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1439-0272     ISO Abbreviation:  Andrologia     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-26     Completed Date:  2009-01-22     Revised Date:  2011-12-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0423506     Medline TA:  Andrologia     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  346-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Histology and Embryology, School of Medicine, Duzce University, Konuralp, Duzce, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Air Pollutants, Occupational / adverse effects*
Case-Control Studies
Semen Analysis
Spermatozoa / drug effects*
Vehicle Emissions / toxicity*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Air Pollutants, Occupational; 0/Vehicle Emissions

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