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April 2000, Volume 12, Number 2, Pages 103-105
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Paper
The value of testing pudendal nerve conduction in evaluating erectile dysfunction in diabetics
B Fishel1, J Chen2, M Alon1, G Zhukovsky1 and H Matzkin2

1Departments of General Rehabilitation Medicine and Urology, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv, Israel

2Departments of General Rehabilitation Medicine and Urology, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Correspondence to: J Chen, Department of Urology, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, 6 Weitzman Street, Tel-Aviv, 64239 Israel. juza@tasmac.health.gov.il

Abstract

We conducted an open prospective study on the value of testing pudendal nerve conduction (PNC) in 45 diabetic and 32 nondiabetic men with documented erectile dysfunction (ED) of at least six months duration. All subjects underwent PNC by the same investigator using the Medcelec/TECA Sapphire device with calibration parameters of sweep 10 ms/div an amplitude of 200 muV/div. No statistically significant differences was found in the mean bulbocavernosus reflex (BCR) latencies between the nondiabetics (33.6 ms/div±4.1) and the diabetics (37.5 ms/div±9.1) (P>0.05). Our results show that electrophysiological measurement of the BCR in diabetics is not a useful diagnostic test and emphasize the importance of a multifactorial evaluation of diabetic ED.

International Journal of Impotence Research (2000) 12, 103-105

Keywords

erectile dysfunction; pudendal nerve conduction; diabetes mellitus; bulbocavernosus reflex

Received 22 June 1999; accepted 19 October 1999
April 2000, Volume 12, Number 2, Pages 103-105
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