A prolonged erection of the penis, usually without sexual arousal.
  • Treatable by a medical professional
  • Usually self-diagnosable
  • Lab tests or imaging not required
  • Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
  • Critical: needs emergency care
Priapism is an unwanted, persistent erection. It may occur spontaneously or from certain antidepressants or erectile dysfunction drugs.
Symptoms include an erection lasting more than four hours or off and on for several hours. The penis is usually painful or tender.
Prompt treatment is needed. Options include draining blood from the penis (aspiration) and medication to restrict blood flow to the penis.
Rare: Fewer than 200,000 US cases per year
Consult a doctor for medical advice Sources: Mayo Clinic and others. Learn more
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