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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 694-699

Pilot study of sexual dysfunction in patients with psoriasis: Influence of biologic therapy

1 FEA Dermatología, Complejo Hospitalario de Jaen, Jaen, Spain
2 FEA Medicina Interna, Hospital Santa Ana, Motril, Granada, Spain
3 EU Ciencias de la Salud, Granada, Spain

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Ricardo Ruiz-Villaverde
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.91831

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Background: Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that affects 1 to 3% of the population in most industrialized countries. It is commonly associated with a variety of psychological problems including low self-esteem, depression, suicidal thoughts, and sexual dysfunction. Materials and Methods : We have performed a pilot study in which we have tried to assess the impact on sexual dysfunction in patients with psoriasis who have started treatment with biological therapy using validated indexes in Spanish: International Index of Erectile Function for men and female sexual function index in women. Results : Considering the men and women from our study, an improvement in FSFI by an average of 9.5 and 6.3 points is observed, respectively. Conclusion: We considered our series as a first step for a more detailed approach to the study of sexual function in patients with psoriasis.

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