Physiology of erection

Arch Esp Urol. 2010 Oct;63(8):581-8.
[Article in English, Spanish]


In these article we review the main mechanisms involved in human erection. We review and update in detail the biochemical (nitric oxide and Rho-kinase pathways), cellular (smooth muscle relaxation mechanisms), neural (autonomic and somatic pathways) and microscopic penile principles.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Hemodynamics
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Penile Erection / physiology*
  • Penis / innervation
  • Penis / physiology