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Development of international standards to document sexual and reproductive functions after spinal cord injury: Preliminary report

Marcalee Sipski Alexander, MD, et al.

Generally, the American Spinal Injury Associations' International Standards are used to communicate the effects of spinal cord injury (SCI) on motor and sensory functions. However, these standards fall short at documenting the degree of preservation of autonomic function post-SCI. Standard nomenclature is necessary to communicate effectively about remaining autonomic function after SCI. We developed standard terminology to explain the effect of SCI on sexual functioning. In this article, we illustrate a standard anatomic diagnosis and secondary means of describing the presence of male and female sexual dysfunctions, genital arousal, and orgasmic function.

Volume 44 Number 1 2007
Pages 83 — 90

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