COVID-19 may cause priapism ― an erection lasting longer than four hours, doctors have warned.
An unidentified 62-year-old man from France has reportedly suffered the painful condition while receiving care in hospital for a severe bout of the coronavirus.
Doctors at Centre Hospitalier de Versailles in Le Chesnay, an area near Paris, wrote about the man in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
The man’s erection was said to have been caused by trapped blood in the penis, which was found to be full of blood clots when it was drained by medics.
Blood clotting, or thrombosis, has been reported as a dangerous complication in up to a third of coronavirus-infected patients.
When clots block arteries or veins, the blockages can trigger fatal heart attacks and strokes. They can also lead to pripiasm.
But this is believed to be the first time priapism has been seen as a side effect of the coronavirus, which has killed 500,000 people worldwide.
The patient left intensive care after spending two weeks on a ventilator, suggesting he has now recovered from Covid-19.
Mail online said lMyriam Lamamri an intensive care doctor, explained how blood clotting caused by Covid-19 has been extensively reported during the pandemic. “Normally, blood clotting occurs when someone injures themselves. The clot stops a wound, such as a paper cut, from bleeding.
This process can happen at the wrong time, causing thrombosis – when blood clots develop in the arteries and veins. These clots block the heart, brain and lungs.”
Dr Lamamri said this is the first time ‘penile thrombosis’ has been reported in a patient with Covid-19.