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Know all about Priapism

Experienced unwanted persistent erections lately but don’t know what has caused it? It may be priapism, a condition causing such erections. Here is everything you need to know about priapism in a quick glance.

Snr By Meenakshi Chaudhary / Aug 25, 2014

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is caused by abnormal blood flow to the reproductive organ. In priapism, there is excess blood flow. Here is more about this condition. Image Courtesy: Getty


What is Priapism?

Priapism is a condition that causes painful and long-lasting erection without any sexual stimulation. Such an erection may last for more than four hours. It develops when blood gets trapped inside the member due to some reason. Here are the common causes of the condition. Image Courtesy: Getty

Blood Disorders

Among the common causes of the condition are blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia and leukemia. The odd shaped cells in sickle cell anemia can block the flow of blood and cause priapism. Image Courtesy: Getty

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse such as drugs, too much alcohol and misusing prescription drugs can also cause priapism, especially ischemic priapism. Recreational use of erectile dysfunction drugs poses a higher risk for developing the condition. Image Courtesy: Getty


An injury or trauma to the genitals, especially between the base of the member and the anus, may cause priapism. An injury to the genitals may cause excessive blood flow to the member leading to a persistent erection. Image Courtesy: Getty

Other Factors

Some other less common causes of priapism may include blood clots, spinal cord injury and poisonous venom. In some cases it is hard to identify the specific cause for the condition. The signs and symptoms of the condition depend on the type of the priapism caused. Image Courtesy: Getty

Ischemic Priapism

Ischemic priapism is the more common and low flow form of the condition. It is caused when excess blood is unable to leave the member due to low blood flow. Its common signs and symptoms include tender member, unwanted erection for long durations, unwanted sporadic erections for several hours, and rigid penile shaft with usually soft tip. Image Courtesy: Getty

Nonischemic Priapism

Nonischemic priapism is the high-flow form of the condition and occurs when too much blood keeps flowing to the member. It is less common and usually painless. The common signs and symptoms may include unwanted persistent erection and erection without rigid penile shaft. Image Courtesy: Getty


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