Is there any relationship between serum levels of total bilirubin and the severity of erectile dysfunction?

Recent studies have shown that atherosclerosis is associated with erectile dysfunction and the serum bilirubin level. In this study, the serum total bilirubin levels of patients with erectile dysfunction were measured to investigate the relationship between the levels of erectile dysfunction and total bilirubin.

A total of 94 patients with erectile dysfunction were divided into three groups; severe erectile dysfunction (33 patients), moderate erectile dysfunction (31 patients), and mild erectile dysfunction (30 patients). In addition, a control group was formed with 31 healthy men. The International Index of Erectile Function-5 Questionnaire was used to measure the quality of erection in all the groups. The body mass index was calculated for all the participants. The serum glucose, low-density lipoprotein and high-density lipoprotein, cholesterol, triglyceride, total bilirubin, and total testosterone levels were also determined.

No statistically significant difference was observed between the groups in terms of the mean age, hypertension, smoking status, alcohol use, cardiovascular diseases, hepatobiliary disease, diabetes mellitus, and levels of total testosterone, low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, and triglyceride. However, high-density lipoprotein, body mass index, and total bilirubin were significantly lower compared to the control group (p < 0.001). The serum total bilirubin level was found to be 0.41 ± 0.21 ng/dL in the severe erectile dysfunction, 0.43 ± 0.19 ng/dL in the moderate erectile dysfunction, and 0.48 ± 0.11 ng/dL in the mild erectile dysfunction groups (p < 0.001).

Considering the significant differences between the erectile dysfunction and control groups in terms of serum total bilirubin levels, a low level of bilirubin may have a role in the etiology of erectile dysfunction.

Urologia. 2018 Apr 01 [Epub ahead of print]

Ercüment Keskin, Mehmet Karabakan, Aliseydi Bozkurt, Erkan Hirik, İbrahim Karabulut, Murat Gunay, Murat Çakan

1 Department of Urology, Erzincan University Mengucek Gazi Research and Training Hospital, Erzincan, Turkey., 2 Department of Urology, Mersin Toros State Hospital, Mersin, Turkey., 3 Department of Urology, Regional Research and Training Hospital, Erzurum, Turkey., 4 Department of Chemistry, Erzincan University Mengucek Gazi Research and Training Hospital, Erzincan, Turkey.