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The burden and extent of comorbid conditions in patients with erectile dysfunction.

Hackett, G (2009) The burden and extent of comorbid conditions in patients with erectile dysfunction. International journal of clinical practice, 63 (8). pp. 1205-13. ISSN 1742-1241. This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their Athens login IDs

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common sexual problem in men. Under-reporting of ED is widespread, largely because of the embarrassing nature of the condition.

AIM

This paper reviews the comorbid conditions that are commonly found in patients with ED patients and discusses the implications.

DISCUSSION

Erectile dysfunction is often associated with other disorders such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, obesity, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lower urinary tract symptoms. Although the aetiology of ED is multifactorial, some of the associated comorbid conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension, can be a primary cause of ED. Similarly, ED could be a useful marker for comorbid conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Effective treatments for ED are available, including the three phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors sildenafil citrate, tadalafil and vardenafil HCl.

CONCLUSIONS

Thorough medical screening of patients with ED is advisable, as this could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of comorbid conditions. Conversely, men with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and depression may have undiagnosed ED and should be questioned appropriately to ascertain any erectile problems and initiate appropriate treatment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their Athens login IDs
Subjects: WJ Urogenital system. Urology
Divisions: Planned IP Care > Urology
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Depositing User: Preeti Puligari
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 14:47
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2014 14:47
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/579

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