Prevalence of hypogonadism in male patients with renal failure

F. Albaaj, M. Sivalingham, P. Haynes, G. McKinnon, R. N. Foley, S. Waldek, D. J. O'Donoghue, P. A. Kalra

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    Background: Hypogonadism in men may be secondary to renal failure and is well recognised in patients with end-stage renal disease. It is thought to contribute to the sexual dysfunction and osteoporosis experienced by these patients. However, the association between hypogonadism and lesser degrees of renal dysfunction is not well characterised. Methods: The gonadal status of 214 male patients (mean age 50 (SD 18) years) attending a renal centre was studied; 62 of them were receiving haemodialysis and 22 continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis for end-stage renal disease, whereas 34 patients had functioning renal transplants and 96 patients were in the low-clearance phase. Non-fasting plasma was analysed for testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinising hormone, sex hormone-binding globulin, parathyroid hormone and haemoglobin. Creatinine clearance was estimated in patients not on dialysis, and Kt/V and urea reduction ratio were assessed in patients on dialysis. Testosterone concentrations were classified as normal (>14 nmol/l), low-normal (10-14 nmol/l) or low (
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)693-696
    Number of pages3
    JournalPostgraduate medical journal
    Issue number972
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006


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