Successful twin pregnancy with intracytoplasmic sperm injection using surgical sperm retrieval after 25 years of vasectomy: a case report

JBRA Assist Reprod. 2020 Jan 30;24(1):87-88. doi: 10.5935/1518-0557.20190068.


The couple from this clinical case consisted of a 55 years old male with an obstructive interval of 25 years post vasectomy, and a 38 years old female partner. Both partners had normal results in infertility workup. Five mature oocytes were injected with motile spermatozoa showing morphological alterations, obtained by percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration. Four oocytes fertilized, and three embryos were transferred with assisted hatching on day three of development, of which one was a high-quality embryo. A clinical pregnancy was confirmed by the detection of two gestational sacs with foetal heartbeats. Pregnancy was ongoing during the submission of this manuscript. The use of ICSI with PESA/TESA should be considered as a feasible alternative when vasectomy reversal fails in vasectomized men wishing to father again. Case reports like this may inspire the counseling of couples that have suffered from a previous vasectomy reversal failure and support the recommendation of ICSI with PESA treatment, which could allow those couples to have their own children, even in the presence of advanced parental age.

Keywords: ICSI; PESA; azoospermia; pregnancy; vasectomy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Azoospermia / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Male / surgery
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Twin*
  • Sperm Injections, Intracytoplasmic / methods*
  • Sperm Retrieval*
  • Vasectomy*