The value of corpus cavernosum electromyography in erectile dysfunction: current status and future prospect.
SourceEuropean Urology, 43, 3, (2003), pp. 211-218
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SubjectUMCN 5.2: Endocrinology and reproduction
In the last decade, several investigators have tried to develop corpus cavernosum electromyography (CC-EMG) as a direct clinical method to evaluate the state of the penile autonomic innervation and the cavernous smooth muscle. Both basic and clinical studies have shown promising results. However, its application as a diagnostic tool with clinical relevance was hindered by insufficient knowledge of cavernous smooth muscle electrophysiology, lack of standardization, technical and practical difficulties and problems in the interpretation of the results. Recently, the European Commission created the so-called COST Action B18 (corpus cavernosum EMG in erectile dysfunction), aiming to strengthen the coordination of the European research groups and give the development of CC-EMG a new impetus. This review presents an overview of the physiological background, the current status of CC-EMG, and discusses possibilities for further developments.
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