Assessment of Seminal Plasma Trace Elements among Infertile Sudanese Males in Khartoum State, 2019

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جامعة الشيخ عبدالله البدري
Abstract Background: Male infertility is a multifaceted state and overlaps a lot of factors and affects infertility in about 8–5 % of the people in the world and the man is responsible for 40% of these cases. Dietary insufficiency of trace element, zinc and copper may play a role in male infertility as trace element plays an important role not only in normal testicular improvement, but also in spermatogenesis and sperm motility. Objective: The current study was intended to analyze the level of seminal plasma trace elements mainly zinc and copper amongst dissimilar groups of infertile men. Method: The concentrations of zinc and copper were measured in 160 semen samples from normozoospermic, oligoathenospermic, and azoospermic men using the atomic absorption spectroscopy, data was analyzed using the statistical software package SPSS version 17. Result: Outcomes showed that the mean values of seminal plasma zinc concentrations were significantly decreased in the two groups of infertile male subjects, azoospermic (P.value=0.000), and oligozoospermic (P.value=0.013) compared with fertile males, while there was significant decrease in seminal plasma copper concentration of azoospermic patients compared to control (P.value=0.000), and significant decrease in oligozoospermic patients compared to control (P.value=0.000).