Priapism is a prolonged, undesirable penile erection. It is usually painful and is not related to sexual stimulation or arousal. Most doctors believe priapism medical emergency , since the condition can lead to impotence , sexual dysfunction or penile infection.
What causes priapism?
A normal erection occurs in response to sexual stimulation. Priapism occurs in several conditions that interfere with blood flow to the penis, or drainage of blood from the penis. This condition has nothing to do with sexual stimulation and can last for several hours. Below are some of the causes of priapism.
Medical conditions that can cause priapism:
The trauma as the cause of priapism:
- Direct injury of the penis, pelvis or perineum
- Damage to the spinal cord
Medications (priapism several medications have the side effect):