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Urological Issues Related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Some urological conditions associated with OSAHS include erectile dysfunction, hormonal changes during puberty, irritative urinary tract symptoms, benign prostatic hyperplasia, neurogenic bladder, nocturia, lithiasis, and others. It can be defined that sexual dysfunction is the disturbance of any of the phases of human sexual response that causes dissatisfaction, damage to sexual health, and quality of life. Erectile dysfunction is defined as the persistent disability to achieving and maintaining an adequate erection that can let an unsatisfactory sexual performance. Almost 70% of erectile dysfunctions are caused by damage at this level.

There is a close relationship between OSAHS and urological diseases, either due to common pathophysiological processes or associated comorbidities, in some cases due to mechanisms not yet understood. Urinary tract symptoms alter sleep patterns, and treatment improves these patterns. There are increasing indications that patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) have a higher risk of increasing urinary symptoms, especially nocturia, as well as having a higher risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia, chronic prostatitis, urinary incontinence, lithiasis, prostate cancer, and renal failure.

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Varon, H.A.A., Vargas, D.C.N., Leal, D.M.C., Rodriguez, B.E.L.D.M. (2023). Urological Issues Related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. In: Baptista, P.M., Lugo Saldaña, R., Amado, S. (eds) Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Springer, Cham.

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