What’s New on Cause and Treatment of Sexual Dysfunctions in End-Stage Renal Disease

  • Norman B. Levy


There was relatively little systematic study of the sexual dysfunctions of patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) until 1972. Before then there was only speculation about the sexual functions of these patients, such as De-Nour who wrote in her 1969 paper on the psychological significance of urination.1 There, the subject of phantom urination was discussed and the observation was made that men seemed to have more sexual difficulties after being on hemodialysis than before. In 1972, at a panel devoted to the psychological adaptation of patients on hemodialysis, Scribner concluded that concerning impotence, “No data on this are good, but about one-third report that they are quite normal, about one-third say they have decreased potency but have some sexual activity and about one-third report that they’re completely impotent.”2


Sexual Function Testosterone Level Sexual Dysfunction Sexual Functioning Penile Erection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman B. Levy
    • 1
  1. 1.New York Medical CollegeValhallaUSA

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