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Specific aspects of erectile function in urology/andrology

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The urologist/andrologist is the specialist responsible for diagnosis and treatment of health problems related to the genitourinary tract, and his or her participation in comprehensive care for a patient with erectile dysfunction (ED) is fundamental and often indispensable. The urologists/andrologists should characterize the origin of ED because of their knowledge and familiarity of all diagnostic tests and second- and third-line therapy. The origin of ED is important to determine for various reasons, such as young people suitable for etiologic treatment, medicolegal reasons, or patients' wishes for a better understanding of their condition. A review of the diagnostic tests available as well as indications for second- and third-line therapy is presented. The close relationship between ED and urological disorders, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer and their treatments, and renal failure, in association with penile conditions like Peyronie's disease, priapism, and possible androgen deficiency in men older than 50 years, places the urologist at the center of integrated treatment of male ED.

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Martin-Morales, A., Rodríguez-Vela, L., Meijide, F. et al. Specific aspects of erectile function in urology/andrology. Int J Impot Res 16 (Suppl 2), S18–S25 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ijir.3901239

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