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What causes priapism?

What causes priapism?

Trapped Penile Blood: Priapism results most commonly when blood gets trapped in the penis. The trapped blood doesn't allow fresh oxygenated blood in, which can result in penile pain and tissue death. Common causes are sickle cell disease, various medications (rarely those advertised for ed), Cocaine use, injection ED therapy and trauma. This is an emergency, and the blood needs to be drained immediately in the er. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Strashun
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Priapism (Definition)

Priapism by definition, is it painful erection that lasts more than four hours. Prolonged erection results in low oxygen level in the erectile chambers which causes pain ...Read more


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Besides taking viagra (sildenafil) or something like it, what can cause priapism?

Besides taking viagra (sildenafil) or something like it, what can cause priapism?

Drugs and vessels: Trazadone, arterial venous fistula (usually trauma), sickle cell disease to name a few are associated with priapism. Before viagra (sildenafil) there where and still are other medications for erectile dysfunction. These medications also are also associated with priapism. Priapism is an erection for longer than 4-6 hours lenghty priapism can be associated with permanent erectile dysfunction (ed). ...Read more

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Can low dose of 25 mg viagra (sildenafil) cause priapism?

Yes: Any dose of Viagra (sildenafil) can cause priapism - a prolonged and unresolving erection. Priapism is a serious problem and if experiencing erection lasting longer than 4 hours medical treatment should be sought urgently to avoid long term damage or complications. ...Read more

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Could my peyronies plague have caused the painful 10 second priapism type of erection?

Could my peyronies plague have caused the painful 10 second priapism type of erection?

Priapism : first of all, by definition, priapism does not last 10 seconds. Peyronie's plaques may cause pain with erection but have no relation to priapism ...Read more

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Will a low dose of viagra (sildenafil) (25;50mg) definitely cause priapism in young healthy male?

Priapism and Viagra (sildenafil): No, rarely. Young men that i treat sometimes use viagra (sildenafil) for longer sexual play and for more vigorous sexual activity. Some men use these medications to maintain erections when they use condoms. Thus, preventing pregnancy and other exposure to some sexually transmitted infections. Get a health care provider that is versed in this area... There are plenty to be found. ...Read more

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What can cause blood flooding in the penis for days after a priapism? If blood enters easily during erection, what stops it from leaving?

What can cause blood flooding in the penis for days after a priapism?      If blood enters easily during  erection, what stops it from leaving?

Inflammation: priapism often/usually changes the dynamics of blood flow. The veins can become distended. There can be inflammation that brings blood in, and/or blocks the flow of blood outward. Needs to be followed up on pretty much immediately ...Read more

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Can a thrombosed penis vein cause priapism?

Absolutely: Because of your age, it is best that you consult your parents and regular doctor for close care of your issue. But, if a Urologist and surgeon have evaluated you, you should follow their recommendations. ...Read more

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Given that testicles rise during erection, can it possible that priapisms can cause wear and tear of the cremaster muscle?

Given that testicles rise during erection, can it possible that priapisms can cause wear and tear of the cremaster muscle?

NO: Have you had priapism (prolonged painful erection) ,if not why the question. The testicles can go up & down through the action of the cremaster muscles.the latter muscles NEVER suffers -wear & tear_ ...Read more

Prolonged Erection (Definition)

Generally an erection lasting over 4 hours is considered prolonged. If it is due to ed medications, it should resolve spontaneously, but consultation with ...Read more