Pudendal nerve involvement in young men with erectile dysfunction: demonstration by 3T MR neurography
Tao Gong1,2, Guoquan Huang3, Liangjie Lin4, and Guangbin Wang1
1Departments of Radiology, Shandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong First Medical University, Jinan, Shandong, 250021, China, Jinan, China, 2Departments of Radiology, Shandong Provincial Hospital, Cheeloo College of Medicine, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong, 250021, China, Jinan, China, 3Department of Radiology, Wuhu City Second People's Hospital, No. 259 Jiuhua Rd, Wuhu, 241000, Anhui, China., Wuhu, China, 4MSC Clinical & Technical Solutions, Philips Healthcare, Beijing, China., Beijing, China
More evidences have been identified that pudendal nerve was involved in the pathogenesis of erectile dysfunction (ED) in young men. This prospective study aimed to detect and quantify pudendal nerve alterations in young men with ED using 3T MR neurography protocol. Results certified that pudendal nerve could be visualized and quantified. T2 signal contrast ratio and nerve diameter of pudendal nerve were increased significantly in ED patients compared with healthy controls, suggesting the involvement of pudendal nerve in young men with ED and thus offering a new insight into the pathophysiology and treatment of ED.
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