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The challenge of erectile dysfunction in the man with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Desk Q10-1, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.
Current Urology Reports 05/2012; 13(4):263-7. DOI: 10.1007/s11934-012-0254-0
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ABSTRACT Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS), also known as NIH category III prostatitis, is common and has significant impact on quality of life through pain and lower urinary tract symptoms. A high proportion of men with CP/CPPS suffer from some form of sexual dysfunction including erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and painful ejaculation. While well described, the pathophysiology of these sexual symptoms has not been well studied. This review will focus on what we know regarding the incidence and potential mechanisms for sexual dysfunction in CP/CPPS and discuss diagnostic and therapeutic options.

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