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Diagnosing erectile dysfunction: instruments for the study of smooth muscle relaxation

Pescatori, Edoardo S. and Morgia, Giuseppe and Pirozzi Farina, Furio Francesco (2005) Diagnosing erectile dysfunction: instruments for the study of smooth muscle relaxation. International Journal of Andrology, Vol. 28 (Suppl. 2), p. 56-60. ISSN 0105-6263. Article.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2605.2005.00586.x

Abstract

Complete cavernosal smooth muscle relaxation is the pre-requisite for the reliability of every evaluation of the integrity of the corporal veno-occlusive system. Such evaluation is needed whenever reaching a diagnostic conclusion on the haemodynamic status of a given patient is clinically relevant. Clinical challenges that a laboratory evaluation of veno-occlusive integrity face comprise both the induction of complete smooth muscle relaxation, and the possibility to monitor it. This article will review the relevant aspects of normal range values of veno-occlusive function, existing strategies aimed to promote complete smooth muscle relaxation, and available techniques to monitor the cavernosal smooth muscle status.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:2502
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cavernosometry, diagnosis, erectile dysfunction, visual sexual stimulation
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/24 Urologia
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 03 Istituti > Oftalmologia, Otorinolaringoiatria e Urologia
Publisher:Blackwell / Wiley
ISSN:0105-6263
Copyright Holders:© 2005 Blackwell
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:07

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