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Plethysmography

Definition

Plethysmography is a test used to measure changes in volume in different parts of the body. These changes in volume help check blood flow in many body parts. This test may be done to check for blood clots in the arms and legs, or to measure how much air you can hold in your lungs.

Penile pulse volume recording is a type of plethysmography done on the penis to check for causes of erectile dysfunction.

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Alternative Names

Respiratory inductance plethysmography; Penile pulse volume recording

How the test is performed

How to prepare for the test

How the test will feel

Why the test is performed

Normal Values

What abnormal results mean

What the risks are

Special considerations

References

Lue TF, Broderick GA. Evaluation and nonsurgical management of erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. In: Wein AJ, ed. Campbell-Walsh Urology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 22.

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    Review Date: 11/21/2010

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