Priapism is a painful medical condition whereby a man’s penis retains prolonged and persistent erection without sexual stimulation. Priapism is considered a urologic emergency and requires prompt treatment or else it could lead to permanent erectile dysfunction or necrosis of penile tissue. Sucks to be a man – as if a possibility of not being able to get an erection was not scary enough.
Priapism is caused by blood becoming trapped in the penis and not being able to drain. It can occur in absolutely all age groups, from newborns to the oldest man on the planet. Several drugs used for treatment of depression or other mental illnesses, such as Desyrel or Thorazine are known to cause Priapism. Approximately 42% of adults with sickle-cell disease will develop Priapism at some point in their lives. Leukemia, malaria, spinal cord injuries, Black Widow spider bites and carbon monoxide poisoning are all known to cause Priapism.
Emergency surgery for Priapism in the video below consisted of numbing the penis, and draining blood from the shaft with surgical syringes. Fast reduction of pressure and swelling is essential in ensuring that the penis remains functional for future use during normal sexual stmulation.