Erectile Dysfunction in Older Male Stroke Patients: Correlation between Side of Hemiplegia and Erectile Function

  • L Sikiru
  • H Shmaila
  • GS Yusuf
Keywords: Stroke, Hemiplegia, Erectile dysfunction


This study was conducted to determine the effects of hemiplegia on erectile function in stroke patients. One hundred and five stroke patients grouped into left (61.78±7.79 years) and 55 right hemiplegic (62.11 ± 9.32 years) and 40 age-matched controls (64.00± 8.53 years).The International Index of Erectile Function questionnaire was used for data collection. One way analysis of variance and Spearman correlation tests were used in data analysis. Erectile function was significantly decreased in the both right (IIEF-5, 7.55 ± 4.07) and left hemiplegic groups (IIEF-5, 10.40 ± 5. 70) compared with the control group (IIEF-5, 20.50 ±4.2 7) p<0.05. Side of hemiplegia significantly correlated with erectile dysfunction at p<0.01. Conclusively, stroke mostly affects erectile function of right hemiplegia (Afr J Reprod Health 2009; 13[2]:49-54).

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