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Paraplegia. 1992 Aug;30(8):550-3.

An open trial of vacuum penile tumescence: constriction therapy for neurological impotence.

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Loewenstein Hospital, Rehabilitation Center, Ra'anana, Israel.


Sexual dysfunction is a frequent result of traumatic and non traumatic neurological disorders, including spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury and autonomic neuropathy (for example, as may be seen in patients with diabetes mellitus). Although many methods have been suggested for the treatment of some of these problems in male patients, most are invasive and have a substantial morbidity. This is the report of a pilot trial of vacuum tumescence constriction therapy for 30 patients with chronic neurological impotence. Seventeen of these patients, following sexual counselling and training, decided to purchase such a device. At follow up, a mean of 21 months, over 50% of those who had purchased the device were still actively using it. The frequency of coitus increased from 0.3/wk to 1.5/wk (t = -5.7; p less than 0.0001). No significant morbidity was reported by patients. Vacuum tumescence constriction therapy shows promise as a noninvasive method for the treatment of neurological impotence.

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