What causes round cells in sperm?

By Zaira Salvador.
Last Update: 04/19/2018

Sometimes, a macroscopic examination of a sperm specimen shows a high percentage of round cells in addition to sperms. Normally, they are just bladder, prostate or urethral epithelial cells, immature germ cells, or white blood cells (leukocytes).

The presence of leukocytes indicates the presence of an infection, which could lead to alterations in other parameters. In this case, the semen analysis would be repeated after treating the infection with antibiotics.

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 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.
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