Erectile dysfunction (ED) is considered the most prevalent manifestation of sexual dysfunction in men with chronic kidney disease (CKD). In this meta-analysis including 34 studies and almost 6000 participants, we found that the prevalence of erectile dysfunction in chronic kidney disease patients is extremely high effecting three-fourths of the population included.
It is mandatory to include screening and management of ED and other conditions such as infertility and loss of libido in men with CKD as a part of the assessment of their cardiovascular and andrology risk. This is particularly important in order to achieve quality of life improvements especially considering the significant advances obtained by dialysis therapy in terms of survival and expectancy of life in patients with CKD.
Written by: Damiano Pizzol, PhD, Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, Jerusalem, Israel
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