3 years ago

Recent advances in the management of priapism [version 1; referees: 2 approved]

Hussain M. Alnajjar, David Ralph, Asif Muneer
Priapism is an uncommon urological emergency that can lead to permanent impotence if prompt presentation and medical intervention is not performed. It is a breakdown of the usual physiological mechanisms controlling penile tumescence and detumescence, leading to a prolonged penile erection (>4 hours) that is unrelated to sexual stimulation. Currently, there are three accepted subtypes: ischaemic, non-ischaemic, and stuttering priapism, which is also known as recurrent ischemic priapism. The aim of treatment is the immediate resolution of the painful erection and the preservation of cavernosal smooth muscle function in order to prevent cavernosal fibrosis, which can lead to penile shortening and permanent erectile dysfunction.

Publisher URL: https://f1000research.com/articles/7-37/v1

DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.12828.1

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