How do you diagnose priapism?
If you think you might have priapism, you need to get medical care right away. Tell your doctor:
- How long you’ve had the erection
- How long your erections usually last
- Any drugs -- legal or illegal -- you’ve used
- If the problem happened after an injury
Your doctor will review your medical history and do a physical exam to figure out what’s causing your problem. He’ll check your rectum and belly for any signs of cancer. You may also need to see a urologist for more screening tests, including:
- Blood tests
- An imaging test called a color Doppler ultrasound, which shows how blood is flowing in your penis
- An X-ray called an arteriogram that detects a dye your doctor injects into an artery
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