Prevalence of sleep apnea in men with erectile dysfunction.


Journal Article

Sleep studies were performed on 1,025 patients complaining of erectile dysfunction. In addition to standard measures of sleep stage and nocturnal penile tumescence, respiratory activity was evaluated. The number of episodes of sleep apnea per hour (Apnea Index--AI) was calculated for each patient. The overall prevalence of sleep apnea activity in this sample was: 43.8 percent with AI greater than or equal to 5; 27.9 percent with AI greater than or equal to 10; and 19.6 percent with AI greater than or equal to 15. These results confirm that sleep apnea activity is common in men with erectile dysfunction. This high prevalence also indicates that further study is needed to elucidate pathophysiology of erectile failure in men with sleep apnea.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hirshkowitz, M; Karacan, I; Arcasoy, MO; Acik, G; Narter, EM; Williams, RL

Published Date

  • September 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 232 - 234

PubMed ID

  • 2392814

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2392814

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-9995

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-4295

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0090-4295(90)80262-l


  • eng