Does rheumatoid arthritis cause erectile dysfunction?

Does rheumatoid arthritis cause erectile dysfunction?


Charles Chante, MD writing in the Phillipine
Star reported on a Taiwanese study. Men with rheumatoid arthritis had a two-thirds greater
risk of developing erectile dysfunction than men without the disease in the first study
to show such an association. The odds ratio for prior rheumatoid arthritis
(RA) in men with erectile dysfunction (ED) was 1.67 that of controls, after adjusting
for the possible confounding effects of monthly income, geographical location, urbanization
level, hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease, hyperlipidemia, obesity, and alcohol
abuse/ alcohol dependence syndrome. Comment: Another systemic effect of rheumatoid
arthritis.

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