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Title: The Role of Interventional Radiology in the Diagnosis and Management of Male Impotence

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the persistent inability to reach or maintain penile rigidity enough for sexual satisfaction. Nearly 30% of the men between ages 40 and 70 years are affected by ED. A variety of pathologies, including neurological, psychological, or endocrine disorders and drug side effects, may incite ED. A commonly identified cause of ED is vascular disease. Initial diagnostic workup includes a detailed physical examination and laboratory tests. Whilst duplex ultrasound is considered the first-line diagnostic modality, intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography is still considered the 'gold standard' for the diagnosis of arteriogenic impotence. Percutaneous endovascular treatment may be offered in patients with vasculogenic ED that has failed to respond to oral medical therapy as an alternative to penile prosthesis or open surgical repair. In arteriogenic ED balloon angioplasty of the aorto-iliac axis, and in veno-occlusive ED, percutaneous venous ablation using various embolization materials has been reported to be safe and to improve sexual performance. Recently, the ZEN study investigated the safety and feasibility of drug-eluting stents for the treatment of arteriogenic ED attributed to internal pudendal artery stenosis with promising preliminary results. This manuscript highlights the role of interventional radiology in the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatmentmore » of male impotence.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [2]
  1. Patras University Hospital, Department of Radiology (Greece)
  2. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Addenbrooke's University Hospital, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)
  3. Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22208024
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology; Journal Volume: 36; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE); http://www.springer-ny.com; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
62 RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE; ABLATION; ARTERIES; BIOMEDICAL RADIOGRAPHY; DIAGNOSIS; DRUGS; PATHOLOGY; PATIENTS; SIDE EFFECTS; SURGERY; THERAPY; VASCULAR DISEASES