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Incident gout and erectile dysfunction: is hyperuricaemia the elephant in the room?

Authors
  • Abhishek, Abhishek1
  • Doherty, Michael1
  • 1 University of Nottingham, Academic Rheumatology, Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics, and Dermatology, School of Medicine, Nottingham, UK , Nottingham (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Arthritis Research & Therapy
Publisher
Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Publication Date
Aug 10, 2017
Volume
19
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s13075-017-1394-x
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

The first prospective population-based study to examine risk of erectile dysfunction in men with gout in the western world has been published. It reports that following their first diagnosis of gout, men have a 31% higher risk of erectile dysfunction than matched controls, although the absolute increase in risk is small. Of interest, the incidence of erectile dysfunction reported in this study is tenfold higher than those reported in nation-wide cohort studies from Taiwan. There is a need for further prospective cohort studies to examine the possible mechanistic association between gout, hyperuricaemia and erectile dysfunction.

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