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Semen Analysis

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code SEMN
Test group Semen
Performed by Parnassus & Mt. Zion Hematology
In House Availability
Mt. Zion 0700-0900 Monday-Friday
Parnassus 0800-1000 Monday-Friday
Patient Preparation Obtain written instructions from Specimen Receiving. The patient should abstain from sexual activity for at least 48 hours and no longer than seven (7) days prior to obtaining the specimen
Collection Instructions By Appointment only. To schedule at Parnassus call 353-1747, at Mount Zion call 885-7531.

Only one analysis is scheduled per day per site

This test is not a MediCal benefit; outpatients must be informed of this in writing and warned that they could be financially responsible for the cost of testing.

Sample must arrive at the Parnassus laboratory from 0800-1000, Monday-Friday and at the Mt. Zion laboratory from 0700-0900 Monday-Friday. It should be delivered to the laboratory as soon as possible as Motility has to be tested within one hour from collection.
The date and time of collection should be noted on the specimen in addition to the patient name and MR#.

Keep sample close to body temperature or at room temperature.
Container type Urine container
Amount to Collect Entire ejaculate
Sample type Semen
Preferred volume Entire ejaculate
Processing notes Deliver to Hematology immediately upon receipt.
Units see normals
Normal range
Volume > 2.0 mL
Viscosity Normal
Sperm Count > 20 x109/L
Motility at 1 hour > 50%
Morphology > 30% normal oval, Round: < 4/HPF
Liquifaction Complete
Agglutination None
Turn around times 4 hours for volume viscosity, sperm count and motility.
Additional information Includes volume, viscosity, sperm count, motility, and morphology.

If no sperm seen, a pelleted sperm count and motility count is performed.

The Clinical Laboratory at UCSF does not differentiate round cells in semen. Round cells may consist of leukocytes and immature spermatid.
CPT coding 89322
LOINC code 13361-1
Last Updated 11/16/2017 5:11:04 PM
Entry Number 849
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