Glossary

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Catheter -  A hollow tube that allows for fluid drainage from or injection into an area.
Caverject -  A form of injection therapy produced by Pharmacia. It contains prostaglandin E1.
Cavernosography -  A technique used to visualize areas of venous leak. Involves the injection of a cavernous smooth muscle dilator, e.g., prostaglandin E1 or trimix, then placing a butterfly needle into the corpora and instilling a contrast agent into the corpora and taking x-ray photographs to visualize the sites of venous leak.
Cavernosometry -  A somewhat inva-sive technique used to determine whether a venous leak is present.
Central nervous system -  That por-tion of the nervous system consisting of the brain and the spinal cord.
cGMP -  A neurotransmitter that causes relaxation of the arteries and smooth muscles in the penis to per-mit increased blood flow into the penis.
Cholesterol -  A fat-like substance important to certain body functions but which, in excessive amounts, contributes to unhealthy fatty deposits in the arteries that may interfere with blood flow.
Complication -  An undesirable result of a treatment, surgery, or medication.
Congenital anorgasmia -  A rare form of anorgasmia that is thought to be a product of an overly strict or repressive attitude toward sex.
Congestive heart failure -  An inability of the heart to adequately pump blood, leading to swelling and fluid in the lungs.
Corona -  The area of the penis just before the glans penis.
Corpora cavernosa -  Two cylindrical structures in the penis that are composed of the penile erectile tissue. They are located on the top of the penis (singular: corpus cavernosum).
Corpus spongiosum -  One of the three cylindrical structures in the penis. The urethra passes through the corpus spongiosum. It is not involved in erections.