Author : Al-hamdany, E.K.


Pathological effects of the anabolic steroid sustanon on the rat testes

E.R. Al-Kennany; E.K. Al-hamdany

Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences, 2013, Volume 27, Issue 1, Pages 27-33
DOI: 10.33899/ijvs.2013.82856

This study is designed to investigate the pathological effects of sustanon which is a type of anabolic androgens in different doses on testes of rats. The experiment included 100 rats randomly divided into five groups 20 rats to each group. The first group is considered as a negative control given diet and water only. The second group is considered a positive control treated weekly for 60 days with sesame oil intramuscularly, while groups III, IV and V treated with diluted sustanon in 5, 10 and 20 mg/kg body weight intramuscularly weekly for 60 days respectively. The animals were euthanized on the periods 15, 30 and 60 day then samples of testes were taken and put in Bouin's solution and then placed in buffered neutral formalin 10% for histopathological section. Pathologically all treated groups showed gross and histopathological changes. Grossly Testis, showed bilateral atrophy. Histopathologically there was testicular degeneration with loss of normal architecture,presence of dead sperm in lumen of tubules and there were inflammatory cells and edema especially in a day 60 after treatment and these changes continued even after stopping treatment for 30 days. It has been concluded from this study that sustanon at the doses 5, 10 and 20 mg/kg of body weight for periods of 15, 30 and 60 days had side effects on testes and these effects were progressive and were observed even after 30 days of stopping the drug administration.