(Received 1 August 1979; accepted 3 October 1979)
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In a few alleged rape cases, examination of vaginal secretions will be negative for spermatozoa but positive for significant levels of prostatic acid phosphatase. These laboratory results can occur in cases in which the accused is known to have sired children. The most common etiologic factors for the aspermia are vasectomies and chronic alcoholism with or without cirrhosis.
Deputy chief medical examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Richmond, Va
Chief pathologist, Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital, Arlington, Va
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