What is it?

Priapism is a prolonged erection of the penis. There is a full or partial erection that continues hours after sexual stimulation or does not occur because of it. The main types of priapism are ischemic and non-ischemic. Ischemic priapism is a medical emergency.

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Signs & symptoms

A long-lasting erection that is not related to sexual stimulation or interest
Rigid penile shaft, but the tip of penis is soft
Pain in the penis that worsens with time


Diagnostic tests might be needed to determine what type of priapism you have. Additional tests might identify the cause of priapism. You may receive treatment in an emergency room before all test results are available.
Penile blood gas measurement


Aspiration decompression.
Medications. A medication, such as phenylephrine, might be injected into your penis. Blood vessels in the penis are constricted by this drug.
Surgery or other procedures. An additional procedure to drain blood from the penis or surgery to reroute blood flow may be used if other treatments aren't effective.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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