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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1996;20(3):11.
Evaluation of Sexual Function in Spinal Cord-Injured Male Patients Using Rigiscan
Gwang Soo Kim, M.D., Mi Jung Kim, M.D. , Sang Bae Ha, M.D.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine
Rigiscan을 이용한 척수 손상 환자의 성 기능 평가
김광수, 김미정, 하상배
울산의대 서울중앙병원 재활의학과

Sexual concerns are an important part of the rehabilitation of the spinal cord-injured patients. Spinal cord injuries in men often alter the ability to have erections or ejeculation and the individual suffering such injury must not only cope with devastating physical disability but also accommodate a new sexual self. So, we evaluated the sexual function of 5 spinal cord-injured male with Rigiscan that measures concurrent penile tumescence and rigidity noninvasively and objectively. In this study, it was found that reflexogenic erections occured in all 5 patients and psychogenic erection occured only a patient with lower motor neuron lesion. Because all patients had experience of reflexogenic erection, they are looking for further successful sexual life. But, indeed, anyone didn't showed sufficient duration of penile rigidity required for coitus. The results indicate that objective evaluation and proper management of sexual dysfunction is prerequisite for accommodation of new sexual life.

Key Words: Spinal cord injury, Sexual function, Rigiscan,


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