Korean Journal of Nephrology 2011;30(1):67-72.
Sexual Functioning in Male Hemodialysis Patients
Sung Rok Kim
Department of Internal Medicine, Samsung Changwon Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Changwon, Korea
원저 : 혈액투석 중인 남성 환자를 대상으로 한 성기능 평가
성균관대학교 삼성창원병원 내과
Purpose:The prevalence of sexual dysfunction among male hemodialysis patients is high. The causes of sexual dysfunction in chronic renal failure are composed of physiological and psychological factors. We assessed the prevalence, severity and factors of sexual dysfunction among male patients undergoing hemodialysis using of International index of erectile function (IIEF). Methods: A single center cross-sectional study of 57 male hemodialysis patients was conducted to the determinants of sexual dysfunction. All patients were required to complete questionnaires by themselves (IIEF and Beck depression inventory (BDI)) and biochemical and hematological parameters were obtained. Results: Sexual dysfunction prevalence was 86.0% in erectile function, 94.7% in sexual intercourse satisfaction, 86.0% in orgasmic function, 96.5% in sexual desire, 96.5% in overall satisfaction. Age, serum albumin, BDI, Karnofsky index, calcium channel blocker were statistically associated with sexual activity. But a multiple logistic regression analysis demonstrated that BDI is independently associated with sexual activity. A linear multivariable regression analysis demonstrated that age, BDI, serum albumin are independently associated with sexual desire of IIEF. Conclusion:Sexual dysfunction among male hemodialysis patients is high. Depression is an independent factor of sexual dysfunction in male hemodialysis patients. Evaluation of depression must be included to properly manage sexual dysfunction.
Key Words: Hemodialysis, Sexuality, Depression

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