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Hosp Med. 2002 Apr;63(4):224-5.

Priapism: a medical emergency.

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Institute of Urology and Nephrology, University College London, London W1P 7NN.

Abstract

Priapism is defined as a prolonged penile erection that fails to subside despite orgasm. It is a medical emergency which should be diagnosed and treated early to preserve erectile function and avoid corporal fibrosis resulting from anoxia of the corporal tissue. Decompression is usually successful with no permanent damage if treatment is provided within 12 hours of onset.

PMID:
11995273
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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