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Current Techniques for the Objective Measures of Erectile Hardness.

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Rohrer, GE; Premo, H; Lentz, AC
Published in: Sex Med Rev
October 2022

INTRODUCTION: One of the most discussed topics in the urology provider's office is that of the male penile erection. Moreover, this is also a frequent basis for consultation by primary care practitioners. As such, it is essential that urologists are familiar with the various means by which the male erection may be evaluated. OBJECTIVES: This article describes several techniques presently available that may serve to objectively quantify the rigidity and hardness of the male erection. These techniques are meant to bolster information gathered from the patient interview and physical examination to better guide patient management. METHODS: An extensive literature review was performed examining publications in PubMed on this subject, including corresponding contextual literature. RESULTS: While validated patient questionnaires have been routinely employed, the urologist has many additional means available to uncover the extent of the patient's pathology. Many of these tools are noninvasive techniques that involve virtually no risk to the patient and take advantage of pre-existing physiologic properties of the phallus and its blood supply to estimate corresponding tissue stiffness. Specifically, Virtual Touch Tissue Quantification which precisely quantifies axial and radial rigidity, can provide continuous data on how these forces change over time, thus providing a promising comprehensive assessment. CONCLUSION: Quantification of the erection allows for the patient and provider to assess response to therapy, aids the surgeon in choice of appropriate procedure, and guides effective patient counseling regarding expectation management. Rohrer GE, Premo H, Lentz AC. Current Techniques for the Objective Measures of Erectile Hardness. Sex Med Rev 2022;10:648-659.

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Sex Med Rev

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EISSN

2050-0521

Publication Date

October 2022

Volume

10

Issue

4

Start / End Page

648 / 659

Location

Netherlands

Related Subject Headings

  • Urology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Penile Erection
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Hardness
  • Erectile Dysfunction
 

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Rohrer, G. E., Premo, H., & Lentz, A. C. (2022). Current Techniques for the Objective Measures of Erectile Hardness. Sex Med Rev, 10(4), 648–659. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sxmr.2022.05.001
Rohrer, Gabrielle E., Hayley Premo, and Aaron C. Lentz. “Current Techniques for the Objective Measures of Erectile Hardness.Sex Med Rev 10, no. 4 (October 2022): 648–59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sxmr.2022.05.001.
Rohrer GE, Premo H, Lentz AC. Current Techniques for the Objective Measures of Erectile Hardness. Sex Med Rev. 2022 Oct;10(4):648–59.
Rohrer, Gabrielle E., et al. “Current Techniques for the Objective Measures of Erectile Hardness.Sex Med Rev, vol. 10, no. 4, Oct. 2022, pp. 648–59. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.sxmr.2022.05.001.
Rohrer GE, Premo H, Lentz AC. Current Techniques for the Objective Measures of Erectile Hardness. Sex Med Rev. 2022 Oct;10(4):648–659.
Journal cover image

Published In

Sex Med Rev

DOI

EISSN

2050-0521

Publication Date

October 2022

Volume

10

Issue

4

Start / End Page

648 / 659

Location

Netherlands

Related Subject Headings

  • Urology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Penile Erection
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Hardness
  • Erectile Dysfunction