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Clinical Notes
November 16, 1964

Further Studies on Sperm-Agglutinating Antibody and Unexplained Infertility

Author Affiliations


From the departments of obstetrics and gynecology and microbiology, Baylor University College of Medicine.

JAMA. 1964;190(7):682-683. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070200118028

FOR THE past two years, we have been investigating the immunologic aspects of infertility. In a recent report1 we reviewed the history of the problem and summarized our data on 89 patients, carefully categorized as to fertility status. A remarkable percentage of the patients without demonstrable organic cause for infertility possessed circulating antibodies capable of agglutinating human spermatozoa.

The present report is an extension of our previous publication, summarizing the results obtained in 214 patients.

Materials and Methods  All patients in this study were assigned to one of five categories strictly on the basis of history and clinical evaluation by one of us (RRF).

Group A—Patients With No Demonstrable Organic Cause for Infertility.—  Minimal criteria included two years without contraceptives, normal pelvic findings, Rubin test, hysterosalpingogram, endometrial biopsy, and pertinent blood studies on the patient, as well as a normal sperm count from the husband. In addition, most of

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