Sexual dysfunction in men with alcoholic liver cirrhosis. A comparative study

Authors

  • Søren Buus Jensen,

    1. Unit of Clinical Sexology, Psychiatric Department, Rigshospitalet; Hormone Department, Statens Seruminstitut; Medical Department A, Division of Hepatology, Rigshospitalet; Medical Department II, Kommunehospitalet; Medical Department B, Bispebjerg Hospital; Medical Department B, Frederiksberg Hospital and Medical Department, Division of Hepatology, Hvidovre Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • Christian Gluud,

    Corresponding author
    1. Unit of Clinical Sexology, Psychiatric Department, Rigshospitalet; Hormone Department, Statens Seruminstitut; Medical Department A, Division of Hepatology, Rigshospitalet; Medical Department II, Kommunehospitalet; Medical Department B, Bispebjerg Hospital; Medical Department B, Frederiksberg Hospital and Medical Department, Division of Hepatology, Hvidovre Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • The Copenhagen Study Group for Liver Diseases

    1. Unit of Clinical Sexology, Psychiatric Department, Rigshospitalet; Hormone Department, Statens Seruminstitut; Medical Department A, Division of Hepatology, Rigshospitalet; Medical Department II, Kommunehospitalet; Medical Department B, Bispebjerg Hospital; Medical Department B, Frederiksberg Hospital and Medical Department, Division of Hepatology, Hvidovre Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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    Other members of the Copenhagen Study Group for Liver Diseases are: Paul Bennett, Olaf Bonnevie, Per Christoffersen, Jan Eriksen, Finn Hardt, Kurt Iversen, Svend G. Johnsen, Erik Juhl, Bodil Bygum Knudsen, Niels Milman, Hemming Poulsen, Leo Ranek, Thorkild I. A. Sørensen, Henrik Francis Thomsen, Åge Chr. Thomsen, Niels Tygstrup, Per Wantzin and Kjeld Winkler.

Christian Gluud Department of Medicine C Herlev Hospital DK-2730 Herlev Denmark

Abstract

ABSTRACT— Sexual dysfunction in men with alcoholic cirrhosis was investigated in young (< 56 years) outpatients with steady female partners. Sixty-one per cent (11/18) claimed sexual dysfunction, with erectile dysfunction and/or reduced sexual desire being the most common symptoms. Comparing patients with (n=11) and without (n = 7) sexual dysfunction, no significant differences were found concerning a number of pertinent clinical variables. This should be interpreted with caution, however, owing to the small number of patients in each group. The prevalence and type of sexual dysfunction were not significantly different comparing alcoholic cirrhotic men to chronic alcoholic men without overt liver disease (matched for duration of alcoholism, age and duration of partnership) and to insulin-dependent diabetic men (matched for age and duration of partnership). However, all groups had a significantly (p< 0.025) raised prevalence of sexual dysfunction when compared to men without chronic disease (matched for age and duration of partnership).

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