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PAFMJ. 2016; 66(3): 314-318


EFFECT OF HIGH ALTITUDE ON ERECTILE FUNCTION IN OTHERWISE HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS

Usama Bin Zubair, Humza Mumtaz, Ahmed Shoaib Tabassum.

Abstract
Objective: To determine the effect of high altitude on Erectile function in otherwise healthy individuals and associated socio demographic factors.
Study Design: Cross sectional descriptive study.
Place and Duration of Study: January 2014 to March 2014 at Goma, Siachin.
Material and Methods: One hundred & twenty two married male subjects living at an altitude of more than 15000 feet for more than 3 month and less than one year were included in the study. Erectile dysfunction (ED) was assessed using International Index of Erectile Function-5 (IIEF-5). Age, education, smoking, monthly income, any drug intake, altitude, duration of stay and weather conditions were correlated independently with ED.
Results: Out of 122, 26 (21.3%) had no ED, 18 had mild, 28 (14.8%) had mild to moderate, 36(29.5%) had moderate and 14 (11.5%) had severe ED. Advancing age, low monthly income, smoking, high altitude, cold weather and longer duration of stay had significant association with ED (p-value

Key words: Erectile dysfunction, High altitude, Male, Socio demographic factors.



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