Multicenter investigation on the influence of climate in penile prosthesis infection.
International Journal of Impotence Research : Official Journal of the International Society for Impotence Research
The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between inflatable penile prosthesis (IPP) infection, time of year, climate, temperature and humidity. This is a retrospective IRB-approved analysis of 211 patients at 25 institutions who underwent salvage procedure or device explant between 2001 and 2016. Patient data were compiled after an extensive review of all aspects of their electronic medical records. Climate data were compiled from monthly norms based on location, as well as specific data regarding temperature, dew point, and humidity from dates of surgery. Rigorous statistical analysis was performed. We found that penile prosthesis infections occurred more commonly in June (n = 24) and less frequently during the winter months (n = 39), with the lowest number occurring in March (n = 11). One-hundred thirty-nine infections occurred at average daily temperatures greater than 55 °F, compared to 72 infections at less than 55 °F. The incidence rate ratio for this trend was 1.93, with a p-value of
Gross MS, Vollstedt AJ, Cleves MA, Glina S, Honig SC, Perito P, Stahl PJ, Gayá MR, Gheiler E, Ralph DJ, Köhler T, Stember DS, Carrion R, Maria P, Brant WO, Garber B, Burnett AL, Eid JF, Henry GD, Munarriz R. Multicenter investigation on the influence of climate in penile prosthesis infection. Int J Impot Res. 2020 Jul;32(4):387-392. doi: 10.1038/s41443-019-0148-5. Epub 2019 May 1. PMID: 31043705.