Sexual Dysfunction Very Common in CKD Patients

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MUNICH, GERMANY—Sexual dysfunction is highly prevalent in men and women with CKD, data show.

The finding, by Sankar Navaneethan, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, and colleagues, is based on a systemic review and meta-analysis of data from 50 studies involving a total of 8,343 patients. The prevalence of any level of erectile dysfunction (ED) was 70%, according to researchers.

Based on International Index of Erectile Function scores, the prevalence of mild, mild-to-moderate, moderate, and severe ED was 23.7%, 19.5%, 32.8%, and 24.7%, respectively, the investigators reported at the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association 2010 Congress. In women with CKD, the reported prevalence of sexual dysfunction ranged from 30% to 80%.

In addition, compared with the general population, women with CKD had a significantly lower overall Female Sexual Function Index score as well as lower scores on all individual domains on this scale.

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