Men with Sickle Cell Disease More Likely to Have ED with Recurrent Ischemic Priapism
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Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have found that men with sickle cell disease are at higher risk for erectile dysfunction (ED) caused by "minor" instances of recurrent ischemic priapism (RIP).
They evaluated the erectile function and priapism history of 59 patients. Forty had sickle cell disease and 19 did not.
Thirty-nine percent of the participants had ED, but it was twice as common in men with sickle cell disease compared to those without.
After accounting for RIP episode frequency and duration, the researchers found that men with sickle cell disease were almost five times as likely to develop ED as those without the condition.
They were also more likely to develop ED during "very minor" episodes of RIP, which lasted for two hours or less.
"“In this study, we confirmed RIP to be a risk factor for ED with a higher prevalence rate of ED among [sickle cell disease] compared with non-[sickle cell disease] patients,” the authors wrote.
The study was published online in January in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Please click here for more details.
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