Management of Priapism

Brian V. Le, Arthur L. Burnett

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Priapism is a pathological condition characterized by prolonged erection and is a potential urologic emergency. This chapter outlines the management approach to evaluating, diagnosing, and treating priapism. Key components of the evaluation include expeditious and correct classification of priapism and implementation of appropriate therapies in a timely fashion. If ischemic priapism is the etiology, then stepwise therapeutic maneuvers should be implemented to correct the compartment syndrome, reestablish blood flow, and relieve pain. Medical and surgical management options are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContemporary Endocrinology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameContemporary Endocrinology
ISSN (Print)2523-3785
ISSN (Electronic)2523-3793


  • Cavernosal blood gas
  • Ischemic
  • Nonischemic
  • Priapism
  • Recurrent
  • Shunts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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