Men who have had vasectomies are significantly more likely to develop dementia caused by brain deterioration; researcher says this may be caused by a breach of the blood/testis barrier that produces immune reaction.
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By Salynn Boyles
WebMD Health NewsReviewed by Louise Chang, MD
-- Ties to Rare Form of Dementia Seen in Early Research Must Be Confirmed
Having a vasectomy may increase a man’s risk of developing a rare form of dementia, early research suggests, although more study is needed to confirm the finding.
Researchers at Chicago’s Northwestern University found that men with a neurological condition known as primary progressive aphasia, or PPA, were more likely to have had the sterilization surgery than men without the disorder.
PPA is a rare condition characterized by a steady loss of language skills.
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