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Investigation of Factors Related to Sexual Dysfunction in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

Author(s): Şafi Edemci | Dilek Karakuş | Halil Uçan | Fatma Şaşmaz | Canan Çelik

Journal: Türkiye Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Dergisi
ISSN 1302-0234

Volume: 56;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 130;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Multiple sclerosis | sexual dysfunction

Objective: Sexual dysfunction (SD) is an important, but generally underestimated symptom in the course of multiple sclerosis (MS). The aim of this study was to investigate the factors related to SD in MS patients. Materials and Methods: Twenty-one MS patients with and 21 MS patients without SD were included in this study. Age, SD duration, disease duration, marital status, educational status, bladder and bowel dysfunction, disability, independence, cognitive performances and psychological functioning and sexual function scales have also been assessed. Results: SD correlated with age (p=0.029), disease duration (p=0.045), bladder dysfunction (X2=0.011; p=0.012). Positive correlations were found between disease duration and 5-point sexual function scale in SD patient (rs=0.419; p=0.027). However, SD did not correlated with bowel dysfunction (X2=0.469; p=0.418), disability (p=0.190), level of independence (p=0.146) and cognitive performances (p=0.212). The brain stem involvement was higher in patients with SD (X2=0.001; p=0.001). Conclusion: The prevalence of SD increases with the patient age and prolonged disease duration. SD is related to bladder dysfunction and brain stem involvement. However, increased disability does not affect SD. Turk J Phys Med Rehab 2010;56:130-4.
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