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Man with seven-week-long erection treated at Dublin hospital

A fall onto the handle bars of a mountain bike began an erection which lasted for seven weeks.

The condition is known as a priapism.
The condition is known as a priapism.

A DUBLIN HOSPITAL has successfully treated a man who had an erection which lasted for seven weeks.

The Irish Medical Journal reports that the erection began when the 22-year-old suffered “a blow to the perineum when he fell on to the crossbar of his mountain bike”.

The man was in pain and discomfort for a number of days, but when the pain subsided, he had an ongoing rigid erection.

Five weeks later the man presented to the urology department at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Tallaght.

Doctors there found no signs of injury but the penis remained erect. The condition is known as a priapsim and there are only two reports of this ever occurring following a bicycle fall.

Hospital doctors found that the erection stopped when the penis was compressed but noted that “the penis rapidly refilled with blood to full tumescence”.

For two more weeks the condition was managed by a pressure dressing.

A penile angiograph was then taken and the number of catheters and four platinum coils were inserted to cure the condition.

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Thankfully, the unwanted erection was resolved immediately and the patient had a uneventful recovery.

After one month, he reported satisfactory erection and intercourse.  A happy ending for all involved.

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Rónán Duffy

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