Prolactin and Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in Nigerian males

Adegbola, O ; Ajayi, G.O. ; Wellington, J ; Adeyemi, R (2004)

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Objective: To evaluate the correlation between prolactin and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) levels in men who were co-investigated with their wife for infertility. Setting: Gynaecologjcal Outpatient Clinic of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Subjects: Fifty two men who were co-investigated with their wives for infertility at the gynaecological outpatient clinic, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) from July 2002 to July 2003, had their blood assayed for prolactin and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Results: The mean prolactin level of I. 9±10.3ng/mI was within the laboratory normal limit but 28.8% of these men had concentration more than the laboratory high limit of normal of j5ng/ml. The mean DHEA level of 12.8±9.2ng/ml was not much different from the laboratory high limit of normal of 12.5ng/mI but 46.2% of them had levels greater than this laboratory high limit of normal. There was no correlation between pro/actin, DHEA and body mass index. Conclusion: The mean prolactin was within normal limit while the mean DHEA was just slightly higher than normal. No correlation between prolactin, DHEA and body mass index in the males