Treating male sexual dysfunction after traumatic brain injury: Two case reports

Sexual dysfunction is common after traumatic brain injury (TBI) but evaluation of treatment interventions have been sparse.

To report on the treatment of sexual dysfunction for two males with severe TBI.

Case one was treated for erectile dysfunction (ED). After a medical examination which found no underlying physiological problems, Sildenafil was prescribed. Scores on the Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Functioning Impotence subscale found that scores had improved from the dysfunction range at baseline to the functional range at 6 weeks follow-up. There was some reduction in this improvement at 3 months follow-up, maybe associated with a co-morbid deterioration of emotional state. Case two was treated for idiopathic delayed ejaculation (DE). A standard sex therapy intervention was employed that resulted in the resolution of the problem, documented on the Sex Behavior sub-scale of the Derogatis Inventory for Sexual Functioning-Self Report (comparing baseline to post intervention and follow-up scores).

The case reports show promise for the treatment of sexual dysfunction after severe TBI using standard medical and sex therapy treatments. In the future, controlled evaluations are required to demonstrate the efficacy of such interventions.

NeuroRehabilitation. 2016 Mar 23 [Epub ahead of print]

Grahame K Simpson, Brett McCann, Michael Lowy

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research Group, Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Health Research, Sydney, NSW, Australia., Australasian Institute of Sexual Health Medicine, Sydney, NSW, Australia., Australasian Institute of Sexual Health Medicine, Sydney, NSW, Australia.