A testicular Reference biopsy Opens New Window is a test in which a small sample of tissue is taken from one or both Reference testicles Opens New Window and examined under a microscope to evaluate a man's ability to father a child. Results are usually available in 2 to 4 days.
A Reference pathologist Opens New Window examines the biopsy sample through a microscope for any abnormalities in sperm production or maturation. If sperm development appears normal yet a semen analysis test shows reduced or absent sperm, a blockage of the tube (Reference vas deferens Opens New Window) from the testes to the urethra is suspected. A blocked vas deferens can sometimes be repaired by surgery.
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