Kidney Removal Increases Risk Of Erectile Dysfunction

According to a multi-center study featured online in the British Journal of Urology International, California University's San Diego School of Medicine researchers have found that patients undergoing a total nephrectomy, i.e. a complete removal of a kidney, have a higher chance of developing erectile dysfunction. 

Senior author of the study, Ithaar Derweesh, MD, an associate professor of surgery at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and urologic surgeon at UC San Diego Health System, said: "This is the first study in medical literature to suggest that surgery for kidney removal can negatively impact erectile function while partial kidney removal can protect sexual function." 

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