Impotence following pelvic fracture urethral injury: incidence, aetiology and management.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the potency status of patients undergoing delayed perineal repair following a pelvic fracture urethral injury to determine the incidence and aetiology of impotence. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Long-term potency (> 6 months post-operatively) was subjectively evaluated in 92 patients and correlated with their pre-operative and intra-operative findings. The management of their impotence was aso reviewed. Thirty original pelvic radiographs were assessed independently to determine if the pattern of bony injury was associated with the development of impotence. RESULTS: Fifty-seven patients (62%) remained impotent in the long term with a median follow-up of 48 months (range 12-128) and the operation did not render any potent patient impotent. Self-injection with vasoactive agents was successful in 24 of 27 (89%), suggesting a neurogenic aetiology in the majority. Bilateral pubic rami fracture was also associated with a high incidence of impotence. CONCLUSION: Disruption of the cavernosal nerves lateral to the prostatomembranous urethra behind the symphysis pubis is the most likely cause of impotence in this injury.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mark, SD; Keane, TE; Vandemark, RM; Webster, GD

Published Date

  • January 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 75 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 62 - 64

PubMed ID

  • 7850299

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0007-1331

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1464-410x.1995.tb07234.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England