Evaluation of Erectile Function and Mood Changes among Male Patients with Hansen's disease

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Andrology, Sexology and S.T.Ds, Faculty of Medicine, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef, Egypt

2 Department of psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef, Egypt

3 Department of Dermatology and Venereology Faculty of Medicine, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef, Egypt

4 4Lecturer of Andrology & S.T.Ds. Faculty of Medicine Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt


Purpose: To evaluate evaluation of the erectile function and mood changes in male patients with Hansen’s disease (HD).
Methods: this study was conducted on fForty males (40) confirmed patients with Hansen's disease were enrolled in this research., theAll patients were subjected to the underwent the following: full Hhistory taking, International index of erectile function (IIEF-5), Beck anxiety scale and Beck depression scale.
Results: About 77.5% of our patients had erectile dysfunction, and 87.5% of patients showed anxiety disorders. while While 52.5% of patients showed depressive disorders and, 27.5% of patients had abnormal free testosterone levels. There was A high negative significant correlation revealed between IIEF-5 score and deformity grading, but with there was no significant association between duration or type of leprosy and psychiatric disorders. The results showed significant negative correlation between IIEF-5 and Beck depression inventory. But no statistical significant difference regarding free testosterone level (p-value=0.109) was found between erectile dysfunction (ED) group and non ED group.
Conclusion: Erectile dysfunction, anxiety and depression are very common in among patients with Hansen's disease. and sSuch problems are related to level of deformity not to type or duration of disease and not related to testosterone level. This finding could be of key importance for the clinical practice because it could modify the current management of patients with Hansen's disease.