Urogenital bacterial infections have been described in literature as a potential cause of infertility. For the consequences that a failure in diagnosis could have on the evolution of male urogenital infectious disease, an accurate microbiological procedure to investigate the bacterial species composition of seminal fluid plays a crucial role to better understand the eventual correlation with infertility. In order to improve the quality of semen culture investigations, we have developed a new enrichment diagnostic platform. Semen samples of 540 infertile men were simultaneously analyzed using the standard microbiological semen culture method and an alternative new experimental technique (Brain Heart Infusion broth, BHI, enrichment). Our results established the possibility to apply BHI enrichment to detect bacteria from semen samples with higher sensitivity (100%) and negative predictive value (100%) than the standard technique.

A new enrichment diagnostic platform for semen culture

Iovene, Maria Rosaria;Galdiero, Marilena;
2018

Abstract

Urogenital bacterial infections have been described in literature as a potential cause of infertility. For the consequences that a failure in diagnosis could have on the evolution of male urogenital infectious disease, an accurate microbiological procedure to investigate the bacterial species composition of seminal fluid plays a crucial role to better understand the eventual correlation with infertility. In order to improve the quality of semen culture investigations, we have developed a new enrichment diagnostic platform. Semen samples of 540 infertile men were simultaneously analyzed using the standard microbiological semen culture method and an alternative new experimental technique (Brain Heart Infusion broth, BHI, enrichment). Our results established the possibility to apply BHI enrichment to detect bacteria from semen samples with higher sensitivity (100%) and negative predictive value (100%) than the standard technique.
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