Muammer Kendirci, MD, Tulane University, School of Medicine, Department of Urology, Section of Andrology and Male Infertility, New Orleans, LA, USA.
Wayne J. G. Hellstrom, MD, FACS, Tulane University, School of Medicine, Department of Urology, Section of Andrology and Male Infertility, New Orleans, LA, USA.
Sexual dysfunction in the older man is common and has a significant impact on quality of life. In the aging man, erectile dysfunction (ED) has been encountered frequently due not only to associated comorbidities such as heart disease, hypertension, medications, diabetes, smoking, and depression, but also as a result of the aging process itself. Aging may impair molecular and structural components of erectile function. The introduction of effective oral erectogenic drugs has led to increased awareness of sexual issues and advancement in the methods used by clinicians to diagnose ED. Over the last twenty years, the approach for identification and evaluation of ED has transformed from invasive techniques to patient self-reporting and minimally invasive office procedures.
Key words: erectile dysfunction, aging, diagnosis, evaluation.