Congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens

Congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens occurs in males when the tubes that carry sperm out of the testes (the vas deferens) fail to develop properly. Although the testes usually develop and function normally, sperm cannot be transported through the vas deferens to become part of semen. As a result, men with this condition are unable to father children (infertile) unless they use assisted reproductive technologies. This condition has not been reported to affect sex drive or sexual performance.This condition can occur alone or as a sign of cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease of the mucus glands. Cystic fibrosis causes progressive damage to the respiratory system and chronic digestive system problems. Many men with congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens do not have the other characteristic features of cystic fibrosis; however, some men with this condition may experience mild respiratory or digestive problems.

Different Conditions

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Structural developmental anomalies of the male genital system

A condition of the vas deferens affecting males, caused by determinants arising during the antenatal period. This condition is characterized by the unilateral or bilateral absence of the vas deferens, azoospermia, and infertility.

Signs And Symptoms

  • Congenital atresia (morphologic abnormality)
  • Organ Affected

    Vas deferens structure (body structure)|Entire vas deferens (body structure)

    Also Known As

  • Atresia of vas deferens
  • congenital atresia of vas deferens
  • imperforate vas deferens
  • Absence of vas deferens
  • Related ICD 10 COde
    ICD 10 Code Q55.3

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