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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 146-147

Sildenafil induced priapism

Department of Urology, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, India

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Samiran Adhikary
Department of Urology, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.26573

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An unmarried 35 years old male, who took 25mg sildenafil daily for 8 days followed by 12.5 mg daily for 4 days, with consultation with a local chemist for nocturnal emission developed priapism. He presented to an urologist after 72 hours where a corporal wash and distal shunt was tried but it did not give any relief to the patient. He had no other identified contributing factors for priapism. A proximal caverno-spongiosal shunting (Quackels cavernoso-spongiosal shunts) was done which subsequently relieved his symptoms. To our knowledge this is the first reported case of priapism resulting from supposedly safe doses of sildenafil in a healthy individual. Distal shunts are associated with high failure rates which may warrant a more proximal shunt. Even when seen after a considerable time a shunt may be useful. After the delayed surgery, relief of pain without complete detumesence suggests a role for watch-full waiting. This case also highlights the existence of unfortunate myths surrounding the omnipotence of sildenafil in all sorts of sex related problems. It points toward an urgent need for steps to prevent unauthorized prescription and misuse of this drug..

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