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Male infertility after endoscopic Totally Extraperitoneal (Tep) hernia repair (Main): rationale and design of a prospective observational cohort study

  • Nelleke Schouten1, 6Email author,
  • Thijs van Dalen1,
  • Niels Smakman1,
  • Sjoerd G Elias2,
  • Cees van de Water3,
  • Roan J Spermon4,
  • Laurens Sibinga Mulder5 and
  • Ine P J Burgmans1
BMC Surgery201212:7

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2482-12-7

Received: 29 November 2011

Accepted: 21 May 2012

Published: 21 May 2012

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Original Submission
29 Nov 2011 Submitted Original manuscript
Resubmission - Version 2
Submitted Manuscript version 2
28 Mar 2012 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Hubert Scheidbach
31 Mar 2012 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Hakan KULACOGLU
Resubmission - Version 3
Submitted Manuscript version 3
21 May 2012 Editorially accepted
21 May 2012 Article published 10.1186/1471-2482-12-7

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Surgery/Hernia Clinic, Diakonessenhuis Utrecht/Zeist
Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care
Department of Laboratory, Diakonessenhuis Utrecht/Zeist
Department of Urology, Diakonessenhuis Utrecht/Zeist
Department of Radiology, Diakonessenhuis Utrecht/Zeist
Department of Surgery, Diakonessenhuis