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July 2013

Approaching Erectile Dysfunction in Dermatology Patients

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Veterans Administration Hospital, West Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(7):783-784. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.289

Chronic skin diseases may contribute to sexual dysfunction and considerably impact a patient’s quality of life. The ability to effectively communicate with patients about skin-related psychosocial issues, such as sexual function, is an essential component of dermatologic care. This is significant because the practice of dermatology has evolved from dermatovenereology (dermatosyphilology), which is a specialty focused on the management of skin lesions and sexually transmitted infections. Dermatovenereology and andrology, the study of male urologic and reproductive health, are still practiced by many dermatologic practitioners across the globe. Although not often discussed during routine dermatologic visits, sexual complaints and erectile dysfunction (ED) are often experienced in patients with various chronic skin conditions (eg, acne inversa, atopic dermatitis and/or eczema, neurodermatitis, psoriasis, urticaria, vitiligo) and in patients treated with certain medications used in dermatology (eg, retinoids, 5α-reductase inhibitors).15

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