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Assessment of sexual functions in patients with chronic liver disease

The most recent release of the International Journal of Impotence Research finds that sexual functions do not appear to be affected by stable chronic liver disease.

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Dr Aslan and colleagues from Turkey determined sexual problems and the prevalence of erectile dysfunction in patients with chronic liver disease by means of International Index of Erectile Function.

The investigative team included a total of 81 patients with stable chronic liver disease.

The team grouped the patients as mild to moderate (n=10), with chronic Hepatitis B, C and D (n=28) and Hepatitis carriers (n=43) according to the type of their chronic liver disease.

The prevalence of any erectile dysfunction was 51% for all patients
International Journal of Impotence Research

The researchers asked all patients to complete a questionnaire including International Index of Erectile Function and demographics.

The International Index of Erectile Function domain scores were calculated and erectile dysfunction grading was determined on erectile function domain.

The investigators compared the International Index of Erectile Function domain scores between these groups.

The mean age of the patients was 55 years.

Using the International Index of Erectile Function, the researchers established that the prevalence of any erectile dysfunction was 51% for all patients, and 50%, 50%, and 51% for cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis and carriers, respectively.

Dr Aslan concludes, “The International Index of Erectile Function domain scores were not significantly different among the patient groups.”

“Sexual functions did not appear to be affected by the stable chronic liver disease.”

Int J Impot Res 2005; doi:10.1038/sj.ijir.3901316
08 April 2005

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