Information in simple English

What is priapism?

Priapism is a condition in which a penis remains erect for hours after stimulation has finished or in the absence of stimulation.

Priapism is classified into three groups: ischemic (low-flow), nonischemic (high-flow), and recurrent ischemic



  • sickle cell disease
  • antipsychotics,
  • SSRIs, blood thinners,
  • cocaine,
  • cannabis,
  • trauma



  • Ischemic: Removal of blood from the corpus cavernosum with a needle
  • Non-ischemic: Cold packs and compression