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Evaluation of the effect of prostate diameters on erectile dysfunction in patients who underwent low-anterior resection

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2024 Mar;28(6):2192-2198. doi: 10.26355/eurrev_202403_35723.


OBJECTIVE: Male erectile dysfunction is an important complication of rectal surgery. In this research, the effect of prostate dimensions on the development of postoperative erectile dysfunction in patients diagnosed with mid-rectum adenocarcinoma who underwent low anterior resection (LAR) is examined.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-one male patients diagnosed as mid-rectal adenocancer were included. The International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) questionnaire was used to determine the patients’ pre and postoperative erectile dysfunction levels, and the level of relationship between the change in these IIEF scores and prostate measurements determined by computed tomography were evaluated.

RESULTS: There were statistically significant differences between IIEF index score and anterior posterior (AP) and transverse (TR) measurements (p≤0.001; p≤0.001), but no statistically significant difference was found between craniocaudal (CC) measurement values (p=0.169).

CONCLUSIONS: The risk of nerve injury will be higher in those with a small prostate transverse diameter. Intraoperative nerve monitoring should be recommended primarily in younger patient groups.

PMID:38567582 | DOI:10.26355/eurrev_202403_35723

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