[Sleep apnea in urology. Influence of obstructive sleep apnea on erection and bladder function]

Urologe A. 2009 Oct;48(10):1199-202. doi: 10.1007/s00120-009-2049-6.
[Article in German]


Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome affects 4-5% of middle-aged men. A high percentage of these patients suffer from additional urological diseases such as erectile dysfunction, nocturia, overactive bladder, and urgency incontinence. Awareness of these correlations is crucial for diagnosis and treatment of affected patients to avoid unnecessary medical treatment and even prevent fatal cardiovascular events, which can be associated with obstructive sleep apnea.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Erectile Dysfunction / diagnosis*
  • Erectile Dysfunction / etiology
  • Erectile Dysfunction / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / complications
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / diagnosis*
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / therapy*
  • Urologic Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Urologic Diseases / etiology
  • Urologic Diseases / therapy*