Patients with kidney transplantation often have a worse quality of life than the general population. One of the reasons for this, in male patients, is the high prevalence of erectile dysfunction. This is mainly due to the presence of comorbidities, surgery for kidney transplantation, adverse drug effects, psychological changes related to chronic disease, as well as hyperprolactinemia and hypogonadism. Whenever these endocrine dysfunctions occur after kidney transplantation, they must be corrected with appropriate treatment, i.e., testosterone replacement therapy. Administration of the phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor (PDE5i) sildenafil at the recommended posology does not significantly alter the pharmacokinetics of the calcineurin inhibitors cyclosporin A or tacrolimus and does not impair kidney allograft function. Tacrolimus increases the peak concentration and prolongs the half-life of PDE5i in kidney transplant patients and, therefore, daily administration cannot be recommended due to the significant drop in blood pressure. Intracavernous injection or topical application of alprostadil can be a second-line option for the treatment of erectile dysfunction after kidney transplantation, which does not alter cyclosporine concentrations and does not deteriorate kidney function. Finally, penile prostheses can be successfully implanted following pelvic organ transplantation after eliminating the risk of infection associated with surgery.

Erectile Dysfunction after Kidney Transplantation

Perri, Anna;Lofaro, Danilo;
2020

Abstract

Patients with kidney transplantation often have a worse quality of life than the general population. One of the reasons for this, in male patients, is the high prevalence of erectile dysfunction. This is mainly due to the presence of comorbidities, surgery for kidney transplantation, adverse drug effects, psychological changes related to chronic disease, as well as hyperprolactinemia and hypogonadism. Whenever these endocrine dysfunctions occur after kidney transplantation, they must be corrected with appropriate treatment, i.e., testosterone replacement therapy. Administration of the phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor (PDE5i) sildenafil at the recommended posology does not significantly alter the pharmacokinetics of the calcineurin inhibitors cyclosporin A or tacrolimus and does not impair kidney allograft function. Tacrolimus increases the peak concentration and prolongs the half-life of PDE5i in kidney transplant patients and, therefore, daily administration cannot be recommended due to the significant drop in blood pressure. Intracavernous injection or topical application of alprostadil can be a second-line option for the treatment of erectile dysfunction after kidney transplantation, which does not alter cyclosporine concentrations and does not deteriorate kidney function. Finally, penile prostheses can be successfully implanted following pelvic organ transplantation after eliminating the risk of infection associated with surgery.
end-stage renal disease
hypogonadism
intracavernous injection
phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors
prolactin
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