What is priapism?
Priapism is an erection of the penis that lasts for more than 4 hours without physical and mental stimulation. It develops when blood becomes trapped in the penis and is unable to drain. It is often painful. Priapism is relatively rare in general (<1 case per 100 000 people each year).
Symptoms of priapism:
- Rigid erection with or without sexual stimulation
- Erection lasts more than 4 hours
- Penile pain or sensitivity
What is the outlook?
Most people who experience priapism recover completely if treated quickly. Treating priapism quickly reduces the risk of permanent problems getting and keeping erections.