Intracavernosal injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or P-shot® are increasingly proposed as a curative treatment for organic sexual dysfunction despite the lack of evidence of effectiveness.
We conducted a pilot study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of intracavernous PRP injections in patients with vascular erectile dysfunction (ED).
Three intracavernosal injections of PRP were performed 15days apart in 15 patients with vascular ED unresponsive to medical treatment with 5-phosphodiesterase inhibitors and/or prostaglandin E instillations or injections. Questionnaires assessing erectile function (IIEF-EF, EHS, SEP, Sexual discomfort score) were completed prior to treatment and 1, 3 and 6 months after the last injection.
No side effects were noted during the study period. The IIEF-EF score was significantly improved after treatment (P<0.001) with a gain of 5 points at 1month, 4 points at 3months and 3 points at 6months (respectively P=0.001, P=0.003 and P=0.022). The other questionnaires did not change significantly. In total, 20% of patients considered that the erection lasted long enough to have a sexual intercourse (SEP score) before P-shot® versus 26.7% after the treatment (P=1).
This study suggests that the effect of P-Shot® remains moderate in cases of ED with vascular origin. Larger clinical studies are needed to determine the real effectiveness of this therapeutic strategy.
Progres en urologie : journal de l'Association francaise d'urologie et de la Societe francaise d'urologie. 2022 Jun 10 [Epub ahead of print]
A Schirmann, E Boutin, A Faix, R Yiou
Service d'urologie, hôpitaux universitaires Henri-Mondor, CHU Henri Mondor, AP-HP, 51, avenue du Maréchal-de-Lattre- de- Tassigny, 94010 Créteil, France., Université Paris Est Créteil, Inserm, IMRB, CEpiA Team, 94010 Créteil, France; AP-HP, Hôpital Henri Mondor, Unité de Recherche Clinique (URC Mondor), 94010 Créteil, France., Clinique mutualiste St-Roch, Montpellier, France., Service d'urologie, hôpitaux universitaires Henri-Mondor, CHU Henri Mondor, AP-HP, 51, avenue du Maréchal-de-Lattre- de- Tassigny, 94010 Créteil, France. Electronic address: .