Thursday, January 21, 2010

Diagnostic Tests for Impotence!!

Laboratory Testing: - In involves the evaluation of your hormone status- testosterone or male hormone especially when the person is having low sexual desire. The other tests which help in determining the problem with pituitary are luteinizing hormone and prolactin.

Furthermore your blood may be tested for cholesterol, thyroid function, triglycerides and prostate-specific antigen (PSA).

Urine analysis should be done for blood cells, protein and glucose (sugar)

Imaging Method: - In this method, ultrasound may be performed. This test may be done on the pelvis, testicles, lower abdomen or restricted to just the penis. It involves duplex ultrasound which uses painless, high frequency sound waves to see structures beneath the skin’s surface. With the help of sound waves internal structures may be studied well.

Other method is Duplex ultrasonography which helps in evaluating possible penile arterial disorders

Penile injection Technique:- This test is used to evaluate penile functions by injecting PGE1 directly into the penis. PGE1 is a medication that enhances the flow of blood into the penis and produces erections. Thus if penile functions are normal, an erection occurs within minutes.

Nocturnal penile tumescence testing (NPT):- It is used to diagnose whether the impotence is mental or physical. It involves the placement of a band around the penis for 2-3 successive nights. Now if an erection occurs during rapid eye movement then reason may be emotional, mental or psychological. But if there is no erection then the reason behind impotence may be organic or physical

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