Last Updated on Sep 24, 2014


Priapism is the occurrence of any persistent painful erection that lasts for more than four hours and is unrelated to sexual stimulation.

Priapism is a condition where the patient suffers from persistent painful erections that last for more than four hours.

Most normal erections due to sexual stimulation never last for four to six hours. Priapism is not associated with sexual excitement and the erection does not subside after ejaculation.

Priapism can occur in all age groups, including newborns. Most cases of priapism are clustered between the age groups of five to ten years, and twenty to fifty years.

Blood disorders like sickle cell anemia and leukemia, as well as medications used to treat impotence are common causes of priapism. Based on the blood flow in the penis, priapism can be categorized as:

  • Low-flow or ischemicpriapism, where little or no blood moves out of the penis.
  • High-flow priapism, which is often the result of trauma to the penis. In this case, there is a large amount of blood flowing into the penis.

Priapism constitutes a true urologic emergency. Careful history, good physical examination and a specialized treatment plan are essential in the successful management of priapism. Treatment options for priapism include decongestant medicines, aspiration, intracavernous injections and surgical shunts. If it is not treated immediately, priapism can lead to erectile dysfunction.


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mohammad51 Tuesday, May 3, 2011

well I read there , but let me explain my case, it is something is bitter, my sexual organ still all the night stand, but not desire to do six,and I havn't symptom of prostat or any urinary tract infection, no one has suggested me the treatment, the case is about to 2006 still yet, one doctor advises me to get marriage , but it is not so, my age about 60 years, this had done only thoough the night, and I suffer the pain since that date

Jis_l Sunday, July 22, 2012

This is a rare disorder that my husband has with no curte for it as yet and treatments are questionable. There is a current study running by doctor Xia in Houston [ you can look this up], she suggests treatment that is also being used on the bubbl-boy syndrome which is an injection in the penis which I don't know is desirable by males! There are some suggestions of sleeping tablets,relaxants..that can help for the time being, even codein i think it is (codral) helps. Good luck.

Lissa Monday, October 5, 2009

my husband fell and landed on his penis, causing priaprism, after 4 flushes and no relief and kidneys failing, he came home scared, that same day i took him back to hospital and was sent back home to call an make an appointment with urologist, days past til appointment time, after seeing the urologist he noticed that the penis had gotten black then referred him to another hospital for surgery in a day or two(his words not mine) After getting there the new urologist saw there was an imediate need for surgery, the end result was he lost his penis due to gaingreen with a penectomy. We never knew how serious this priaprism was and didn't know what it even was..Don't be mistaken this is serious and can be detramental to any man...

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