We questioned the need for more than one RigiScan recording for accurate assessment of sleep-associated penile erections and determine the necessity of consecutive nightly recordings for valid evaluation of sleep-associated erections. Men complaining of erectile dysfunction (ED) and referred to RigiScan evaluation for the first time participated. Recordings were performed at the patient's home during two consecutive nights, and data on test time, number of erections, erection duration, minimal and maximal base and tip tumescence and rigidity were retrieved for both nights. Normal erectile function was defined with the recording of at least one erection (70 out of 100% tip rigidity lasting for at least 10 min during either night). The main outcome measures were RigiScan recordings. Group 1 consisted of 29 men (mean age 42.4±13.8 years, range 22-71) who had normal erections, all during the first night. Group 2 consisted of 26 men (mean age 48.6±13.5 years, range 25-70) who failed to fulfill both criteria for normal erection. In Group 2, only the values for penile base rigidity and erection duration were normal during the first night: the parameters of maximal base tumescence, tip rigidity, number of effective erections and duration of effective erections that were impaired during the first night were significantly worse (P<0.01) during the second night. The required information for the diagnosis of psychogenic ED was obtained during the first night in >50% of the participants. Men with normal erections during the first night can be spared the inconvenience and cost of re-testing. Consecutive night recording should be reserved for patients whose recorded data during the first night did not fulfill the criteria for normal erection.
- Erectile function
- Sleep-associated erections