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Urology. 2011 Dec;78(6):1369-72. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2011.07.1379. Epub 2011 Oct 11.

Heart rate variability in assessment of autonomic dysfunction in patients with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

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Department of Urology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine and compare autonomic dysfunction in patients with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS).

METHODS:

The subjects were 30-60 years old and had no known systemic disease. Electrocardiographic signals in the patients in the resting state were obtained from 59 patients with CP/CPPS (age 46.5 ± 7.02 years) and 94 healthy subjects (age 48.4 ± 5.96 years), and heart rate variability parameters were compared.

RESULTS:

The standard deviation of the N-N interval (P < .001), square root of the mean squared differences of the successive N-N intervals (P = .004), total power (P = .004), very low frequency (P = .012), and high frequency (P < .001) were lower in the patients with CP/CPPS. However, no significant differences were found in the low frequency and low frequency/high frequency ratios.

CONCLUSION:

Patients with CP/CPPS exhibited lower heart rate variability parameters compared with normal controls, with the exception of low frequency and low frequency/high frequency ratios. Possible differences in autonomic nervous system between those with CP/CPPS and normal healthy subjects could exist and autonomic dysfunction might be 1 of the causes that aggravates CP/CPPS.

PMID:
21996103
DOI:
10.1016/j.urology.2011.07.1379
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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