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Sexual Dysfunction in Men on Chronic Hemodialysis: A Rehabilitation Nursing Concern


School of Nursing, Oakland University, 448 O'Dowd Hall, Rochester, MI 48309, e-mail


The rehabilitation potential of hemodialysis patients is hampered by the many complications associated with a uremic state and hemodialysis therapy. One complication that is particularly disturbing to male hemodialysis patients is sexual dysfunction, which affects about 50% of them and whose exact cause is unknown. This article reviews the literature regarding factors associated with sexual dysfunction in male patients on dialysis and the implications for rehabilitation nursing practice.