Physical Examination and Laboratory Testing for Men with ED

Hussein M. Ghanem, Andrea Salonia, Antonio Martin-Morales

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Introduction. Physical examination and laboratory evaluation of men with erectile dysfunction (ED) are opportunities to identify potentially life-threatening etiologies and comorbid conditions. Aims. To review genital anatomy, identify any physical abnormalities, assess for comorbid conditions, and reveal significant risk factors for ED. Methods. Expert opinion was based on evidence-based medical literature and consensus discussions between members of the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM) standards committee. Results. For men with ED, a general examination including blood pressure and pulse measurements and a focused genital exam are advised. Laboratory assessment for diabetes, serum total testosterone, prolactin levels, and a lipid profile may reveal significant comorbid conditions. Conclusions. Though physical examination and laboratory evaluation of most men with ED may not reveal the exact diagnosis, this opportunity to identify critical comorbid conditions should not be missed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Sexual Medicine
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2012


  • Diagnosis
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Physical Examination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Periodontics
  • Biotechnology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Urology


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