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Sexual dysfunction is common in male patients with chronic renal failure on dialysis and after renal trasnplantation. Multiple factors play a role in this important clinical problem. Recent studies suggest that certain immunosuppressive medication used for solid organ transplant may affect male sexual function. The purpose of this study is to compare the sexual function of male renal transplant patients on sirolimus and those patients not on sirolimus immunosuppression.
Condition or disease
Renal Transplant Recipients
All male renal transplant recipients with a functioning allograft 1 month post transplant will be eligible to participate in this prospective serial observation study. As roughly half of renal transplant patients are assigned to rapamycin immunnosuppression clinically and half are not, we plan to assess routine clinical perameters, sex hormone levels, subjective sexual function as measured by standardized questionnaire and semen analysis in 55 patients on sirolimus treatment and 55 patients not on this treatment. Assessment will be made at baseline (1 mo post transplant) and 6 and 12 months later. All adult male renal transplant recipients ages 21-65 off dialysis 1 mo post transplant will be eleigible. Exclusion criteria will be female gender, patients requiring testosterone therapy, patients on dialysis, and those unwilling to give informed consent.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
21 Years to 65 Years (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Inclusion Criteria:male renal transplant recipients off dialysis by 1 month post transplant, ages 21-65,willing to give informed consent
Exclusion Criteria: female gender, patients requiring testosterone replacement treatment, patients with neglibile renal function requiring dialysis, unwilling to give informed consent