Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Erectile Dysfunction Common among Men on Dialysis. (82% of Men Affected)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Erectile Dysfunction Common among Men on Dialysis. (82% of Men Affected)

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PHILADELPHIA--More than 80% of men on hemodialysis have erectile dysfunction, based on the results of a study with 302 patients.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) in men with end-stage renal disease was more common among men who were older or who had diabetes. Treatment with an ACE inhibitor appeared to cut the risk of erectile dysfunction, Dr. Harold I. Feldman reported at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nephrology.

ED is probably linked to several drugs usually used by men on dialysis. The protective effect of ACE inhibitors may stem from a positive effect of these drugs, and a reduced use of other anti-hypertensive agents in patients who are treated with an ACE inhibitor, said Dr. Feldman, a clinical epidemiologist at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

His study involved 16 dialysis centers that were randomly selected from among 51 in the Philadelphia area. Among 705 men who were at least 18 years old and had received dialysis for at least 6 months at these centers, Dr. Feldman randomly selected 482 potential participants. Of those, 92 were ineligible for the study and another 88 declined to participate, leaving a study group of 302 men. …

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