Medical and Surgical Therapy of Erectile Dysfunction

In: Endotext [Internet]. South Dartmouth (MA):, Inc.; 2000.


Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve and maintain an erection sufficient to permit satisfactory sexual intercourse. Approximately 23% of men aged 40-80 years worldwide have symptoms of ED. The prevalence of ED is higher in older men but this condition can occur in men of any age. The prevalence of ED ranges between 30-90% in men with diabetes and may be the presenting symptom for the disease in almost a third of cases. In this chapter, we review the physiology of penile erection and pathophysiology of ED. We review contemporary medical treatments for ED, surgical options for patients that fail medical management, and novel therapies in development. We also briefly review priapism, the condition of prolonged penile erection not associated with sexual desire. For complete coverage of all related areas of Endocrinology, please visit our on-line FREE web-text, WWW.ENDOTEXT.ORG.

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