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Priapism

PriapismPatients may know about priapism, even if they don’t know the word for it. Many commercials for erectile dysfunction drugs warn about an erection lasting more than four hours. Men might even snicker at the thought. But they might not know that priapism can be a medical emergency.

Priapism is rare, accounting for an estimated 8 out of 100,000 emergency room visits. Boys aged 5-10 and men aged 20-50 are more likely to develop priapism.

Therapeutic Advances in Urology recently published an updated guide to managing priapism by Dr. Helen R. Levey, Dr. Robert L Segal, and Dr. Trinity J. Bivalacqua. Today, we’ll look at some of the highlights. Having a better understanding of priapism can help us explain it to our patients.

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