Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and erectile dysfunction (ED): Results of the BRED observational study

Submitted: August 18, 2015
Accepted: October 13, 2015
Published: October 5, 2016
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  • Stefano Lauretti Center of Sexual Medicine and Urological Rehabilitation. Day Surgery Unit, PSCR S. Caterina della Rosa, ASL Roma C, Roma, Italy.
  • Vittorio Cardaci Physiopathology and Respiratory Rehabilitation Unit IRCSS San Raffaele Pisana, Rome, Italy.
  • Francesco Barrese Unit of Urology, Fabia Mater, Rome, Consultant in Urology IRCSS San Raffaele, Rome, Italy.
  • Luigino Calzetta Laboratory of Systems Approaches, IRCSS San Raffaele Pisana, Rome, Italy.
Most patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) share many risk factors and similar aetiological agents with erectile dysfunction (ED). Both conditions also cause serious interference with quality of life and sexual relationships. In general, ageing and chronic illness decrease sexual interest, sexual function, and testosterone levels. This observational study included 66 male patients referred to our centre with different grades of COPD. We studied the different correlations between COPD and ED. The data collected from each patient regarded the following features: demographic and social condition; smoking status; clinical status; spirometric measurements. In this group, COPD was diagnosed in 78.8% and ED was present in 83.3% with increased severity in presence of LUTS and nicotinism.

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Lauretti, S., Cardaci, V., Barrese, F., & Calzetta, L. (2016). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and erectile dysfunction (ED): Results of the BRED observational study. Archivio Italiano Di Urologia E Andrologia, 88(3), 165–170.


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