Priapism is a painful condition in which the penis stays erect without sexual stimulation. Priapism can occur in short, repeated episodes, or it may last for days or weeks.
Priapism can be a serious problem. It can cause unbearable pain and may damage the penis, making it impossible to get a normal erection (erectile dysfunction). Erectile dysfunction is the main long-term result of priapism, and it can occur after just one episode of priapism.
Ice packs may ease the pain. Any episode of priapism that lasts for more than 3 hours requires urgent medical treatment.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||David Messenger, MD|
|Last Revised||March 1, 2013|
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