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      Association between the hemodialysis adequacy and sexual dysfunction in chronic renal failure: a preliminary study

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          The core question of the study was whether adequately achieved HD affected the sexual dysfunction in women on hemodialysis (HD) with chronic renal failure (CRF).


          Thirty-seven female patients on HD, including 18 women with adequate HD and 19 women with non-adequate HD, and 36 healthy controls were included in this study. Demographic and clinical variables, including the sexual hormones estradiol and testosterone, were recorded. Sexual function was assessed according to the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and results were compared between groups. Adequate HD was defined as an average urea clearance of over 1.3 (Kt/V) over three consecutive months.


          All domains of the FSFI questionnaire, with the exception of satisfaction, were higher in the control group than in the HD group. In comparing the adequate and non-adequate HD groups, there was no difference in any of the six domains of the FSDI questionnaire. Among the clinical variables, the number of menopausal women was higher in the HD group than in the control group ( P = 0.023). Estradiol and testosterone levels were higher in the control group than in the HD group ( P = 0.003, 0.027, respectively). The number of menopausal women and estradiol and testosterone levels showed no differences between the adequate and non-adequate HD groups. Correlation analysis between Kt/V and FSFI showed no significant relationship, but estrogen did show a significant relationship with FSFI (correlation coefficient = 0.399, P = 0.001) .


          HD adequacy alone does not have a significant impact on sexual dysfunction. Other treatments options should be considered to treat sexual dysfunction in women with CRF.

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          Prevalence and risk factors for female sexual dysfunction in Turkish women.

          We assessed the prevalence of and risk factors for FSD using the Turkish version of the FSFI in Turkish women. The study consisted of 518 women 18 to 55 years old living in Ankara, who completed the FSFI for the evaluation of FSD. The women were divided into 3 groups according to age, that is 18 to 30 (273), 31 to 45 (192) and 46 to 55 years (53). Demographic characteristics and risk factors were assessed in all women. Findings were compared between women with and without FSD. According to the FSFI score 48.3% of women reported FSD (FSFI score less than 25). The prevalence of FSD was 41% at ages 18 to 30 years, 53.1% at ages 31 to 45 years and 67.9% at ages 46 to 55 years. FSD was detected as a desire problem in 48.3% of women, an arousal problem in 35.9%, a lubrication problem in 40.9%, an orgasm problem in 42.7%, a satisfaction problem in 45.0% and a pain problem in 42.9%. Risk factors for FSD were age, smoking (OR 2.4, 95% CI 6.8 to 18.1), menopause (OR 1.7, 95% CI 2.7 to 10.2), diet (OR 1.2, 95% CI 1.9 to 5.5) and marital status (OR 0.8, 95% CI 1.5 to 3.2) (each p <0.001). Overall 48.3% of women in our study had FSD according to the FSFI. Apart from age, the most important risk factors for FSD were smoking, diet based life-style changes, menopause status and marital status.
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            Depression is the most common psychological complication and may increase mortality in chronic hemodialysis patients. Because depression could be associated with poor oral intake and activation of proinflammatory cytokines that could further increase mortality by malnutrition, we investigated the relation between depression and nutritional status in chronic hemodialysis patients. Sixty-two Korean patients completed the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) questionnaire, and the diagnosis of depression was confirmed by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) criteria for major depressive disorder. Nutritional status was evaluated using serum albumin level, normalized protein catabolic rate, subjective global assessment (SGA), and anthropometric measurement. Mean BDI score was 22.7 +/- 11.4, and 35 patients (56.5%) had a BDI score greater than 21, which is the suggested cutoff score for the diagnosis of depression for the Korean population. Of 40 patients who had a score higher than 18 on the BDI, 34 patients met DSM-IV criteria for major depressive disorder. BDI score correlated negatively with a variety of nutritional parameters: serum albumin level (r = -0.47; P < 0.001), normalized protein catabolic rate (r = -0.32; P < 0.05), SGA (r = -0.47; P < 0.01), triceps skinfold thickness (r = -0.40; P < 0.05), midarm muscle circumference (r = -0.57; P < 0.01), and body mass index (r = -0.28; P < 0.05). Multiple regression analysis also identified BDI score as an independent determinant for all kinds of nutritional parameters. In patients on chronic hemodialysis therapy, depression is related closely to nutritional status and could be an independent risk factor for malnutrition.
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              Chronic renal failure and sexual functioning: clinical status versus objectively assessed sexual response.

              Sexual dysfunctions are common among patients with chronic renal failure. The prevalence was assessed in a population of 281 patients (20-60 years), and it was attempted to determine whether their mode of treatment (haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, or kidney transplantation), or biochemical and endocrine variables and neuropathy affect sexual functioning. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis served as a comparison group. Assessment included clinical history, physical and laboratory examinations, questionnaires measuring erotosexual dysfunctions, and a psychophysiological test procedure. The latter is a laboratory method which measures, in a waking state, subjective and physiological sexual arousal. Men on haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis suffered significantly more often from 'Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder', 'Sexual Aversion Disorder' and 'Inhibited Male Orgasm' than men with kidney transplantation or rheumatoid arthritis. Interestingly, the prevalence of 'Male Erectile Disorder' did not differ significantly between the four groups and ranged between 17 and 43%. Of the women, transplanted patients suffered significantly less from 'Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder' than the other three groups; the prevalence of other sexual dysfunctions did not differ between the groups. Although 'Male Erectile Disorder' and 'Female Sexual Arousal Disorder' had a relatively high prevalence there were no differences in the four groups of patients in genital responses during psychophysiological testing. Genital responses during psychophysiological assessment had no relationship to the duration of renal replacement treatment, biochemical/endocrine variables, or the presence/ absence of neuropathy. The prevalence of sexual dysfunction was high. Sexual dysfunction in men on haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis was not so much due to erectile failure but largely to loss of sexual interest, subjectively ascribed to fatigue. The latter was also found in women on haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.

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                BMC Urol
                BMC Urol
                BMC Urology
                BioMed Central
                8 January 2014
                : 14
                : 4
                [1 ]Department of Urology, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
                [2 ]Department of Nephrology, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
                [3 ]Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inha University School of Medicine, Incheon, Korea
                [4 ]Medical Research Institute, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
                [5 ]Department of Industrial Management and Engineering, Namseoul University College of Engineering, Cheonan, Korea
                [6 ]North London Collegiate School, Jeju, Korea
                Copyright © 2014 Kim et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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                sexual dysfunction, hemodialysis adequacy, urea clearance, hemodialysis, female


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