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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1996;20(3):9.
A Study of Erection in Spinal Cord Injured Patients
Min Soo Kim, M.D., Byung Gwon Park, M.D. , Chae Joon Jung, M.D.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Choun University Collage of Medicine
척수손상환자의 발기양상에 대한 연구
김민수, 박병권, 정채준
조선대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실

Impotence is one of the most common complications of spinal cord injury but its assessments were not satisfactory yet. In order to evaluate penile erection pattern exactly and to use the results as the basic contents of sexual counselling in spinal cord injured patients, we conducted four erection studies to 16 spinal cord injured patients. We excluded the patients who have psychologic, vascular, and endocrinologic diseases and local perineal injury.

Tectile-stimulated and vibratory-induced erection were measured to assess local penile response and nocturnal penile erection, audiovisually-stimulated erection were measured by Rigiscan to assess autonomic function.

We concluded as follows;

1) Vibratory-induced erection was the most effective method for penile erection especially in patients with upper motor neuron lesion.

2) Normal rigigram findings of nocturnal penile erection were observed in patients with incomplete upper motor neuron lesion.

3) VIbratory-induced and audiovisually-stimulated erection were not effective in almost all patients.

Key Words: Penile erection, Spinal cord injury, Rigigram


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