“A previously unidentified priapism”


A 62-year-old man was hospitalized at the Versailles Hospital Center for the typical symptoms of the coronavirus, namely fever, dry cough, and difficulty breathing. However, his condition deteriorated very quickly and the patient had to be placed on a ventilator. After several days in hospital, the patient suffered from a painful erection. This one, which lasted four long hours according to The Mirror, was triggered by blood clots blocked in his penis, one of the consequences of the virus.

Covid-19 is known to cause blood clots. However, this is the first case of such a development in the male sex. Researchers speak of a «

priapism – a prolonged erection without sexual arousal – previously unidentified ».

An operation was necessary to remove the clots that were blocking the penis of the sixties. Doctors believe that this priapism was triggered by the virus: “Although the arguments supporting a causal link between Covid-19 and priapism are very strong in our case, reports of other cases would strengthen the evidence. The clinical and laboratory presentation in our patient strongly suggests priapism linked to SARS-CoV-2 infection ”, can we read in l’American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

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