Reports

Erectile mechanisms in man

Science  03 Jun 1983:
Vol. 220, Issue 4601, pp. 1080-1082
DOI: 10.1126/science.6844930

Abstract

Increases in penile circumference during sleep-related erections in human subjects closely reflected increases in penile blood flow, and bursts of activity in the bulbocavernosus and ischiocavernosus muscles were temporally related to these increases. The penile arterial system and the perineal muscles appear to have important coordinated roles in human penile erection. Monitoring sleep-related erections and penile blood flow holds promise for the study of erectile mechanisms and dysfunction and for screening of drugs.

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