Changes in sexual functioning following traumatic brain injury: An overview on a neglected issue

Desiree Latella, Maria Grazia Maggio, Rosaria De Luca, Giuseppa Maresca, Denise Piazzitta, Francesca Sciarrone, Luigi Carioti, Alfredo Manuli, Placido Bramanti, Rocco Salvatore Calabro

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Abstract

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any damage to the skull and/or the brain and its frameworks due to an external force. Following TBI, patients may report cognitive, physiological and psychosocial changes with a devastating impact on important aspects of the patient's life, such as sexual functioning. Although sexual dysfunction (SD) occurs at a significantly greater frequency in individuals with TBI, it is not commonly assessed in the clinical setting and little information is available on this crucial aspect of patients' quality of life. As the number of people with TBI is on the rise, there is a need for better management of TBI problems, including SD, by providing information to patients and their caregivers to achieve sexual health, with a consequent increase in their quality of life. Discussing and treating sexual problems in TBI patients enters the framework of a holistic approach. The purpose of this narrative review is provide clinicians with information concerning changes in sexual functioning and relationships in individuals with TBI, for a better management of patient's functional outcomes and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Volume58
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Brain Injuries, Traumatic/complications
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Quality of Life
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological/epidemiology

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