Indian Journal of Urology
: 2002  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 95-

Priapism or Penile Prosthesis ?

Shivananda Prabhu, Erel AI Diaz, Shubha N Rao 
 KMC, Mangalore, India

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Shivananda Prabhu
KMC, Mangalore

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Prabhu S, Diaz EA, Rao SN. Priapism or Penile Prosthesis ?.Indian J Urol 2002;19:95-95

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A middle-aged male patient was admitted to the ICU under Neurology in a delirious condition. During exami­nation persistent erection of the penis was noticed. Fur­ther examination showed turgid corpora cavernosa while the spongiosum and the glans were soft. A provisional diagnosis of priapism was made and treatment was planned in consultation with the urologist.

Meanwhile, patient became oriented and enlightened us by saying he had a penile prosthesis thus saving him from treatment for imagined priapism. Repeat examina­tion failed to reveal any obvious surgical scar, nor any reservoir/pump. Presumably, patient had semi-rigid pros­thesis with the surgical scar having healed well.

We are reporting this instance to highlight the fact that a penile implant should be kept in mind in the differential diagnosis of priapism especially when the patient is un­able to give a proper history.[2]


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