What is priapism?

What Does priapism Mean

Priapism is a concept that comes from the Latin priapismus , but whose most distant etymological antecedents are found in the Greek language. The mythology of Ancient Greece had a god of fertility , represented with a large penis in a state of erection: that god was called Priapus .

Priapism is a health disorder that men can suffer and that consists of a persistent and usually painful erection of the penis , without sexual stimulation.
Due to priapism, the penis is erect and does not regain the flaccidity that it should have in a state of rest. Although the penis is hard, the glans remains soft, which implies that the erection involves the corpora cavernosa and not the spongy tissues.

Medicine has described two kinds of priapism. On the one hand, venous priapism that is produced by a deficiency in the blood drainage of the corpora cavernosa, caused by hematological problems. The arterial priapism , however, occurs when there is a surplus of arterial blood in said bodies , caused by trauma. In either case, priapism requires urgent medical attention as it can lead to complete and irreversible sexual dysfunction.
In the case of arterial priapism, also called low flow and which is the most frequent, the most frequent symptoms are an erection lasting more than four hours, pain and stiffness of the shaft of the penis. On the other hand, in venous or high-flow priapism, the man has to face other consequences, such as an erection of a maximum of four hours and that the shaft of the penis is erect but not rigid.
In addition to all the above, it is worth knowing other information of interest about this male health disorder:

-It can be caused by blood diseases such as leukemia or anemia.

-It is the side effect of the intake of various medications that are used to treat erectile dysfunction, antidepressants, antipsychotics and even blood thinners.

-It usually occurs in children between 5 and 10 years old as well as in men between 20 and 50 years old.

-Among the adverse consequences that priapism can bring, if not properly treated, are impotence, gangrene, a notable disfigurement of the virile member or even penectomy. This, which consists of the removal of the penis through a surgical intervention, is what happens in the worst cases.

-It has a feminine "version". In the case of women, it responds to the name of clitoris and consists of a continuous and painful erection of the clitoris.

-Among the tools that exist to prevent this disorder, depending on the cause that may originate it, are muscle relaxants and avoiding the consumption of drugs or alcohol.
In many cases, the origin of priapism cannot be determined. It is likely to be a rare effect of a tumor, an inflammation in the urethra, or a disorder in the spinal cord . The medical treatment of priapism can include from the application of ice in the area to the administration of drugs, to prostate massages.

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