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Low-flow priapism needs recognition and early correct treatment
  1. Simon John Monkhouse1,
  2. Simon Bell2
  1. 1Department of Surgery, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth, UK
  2. 2Emergency Department, Poole Hospital, Poole, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 S J Monkhouse
 Department of Surgery, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth BH7 7DW, UK; sjwmonkhouse{at}


Low-flow priapism is a rare condition whereby there is a persistent, painful erection. The patient often presents late because of embarrassment. Failure to recognise this as an emergency and instigate immediate treatment may lead to cavernosal tissue ischaemia, fibrosis and subsequent long-term impotence. A case of low-flow priapism, that demonstrated a lack of urgency and understanding is discussed. An internet-based literature search provided a treatment regimen with resolution of tumescence.

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