A uncommon complication of the coronavirus seems to be painful, extended erections.
One US sufferer of COVID-19 skilled priapism (a long-lasting erection) when, docs consider, the illness triggered blood to clot in his penis, in accordance with a brand new examine on the complication.
In August 2020, an overweight 69-year-old was admitted to Dayton, Ohio’s Miami Valley Hospital with a foul case of the coronavirus.
The nameless man, who finally died from different problems of the virus, was experiencing extreme breathlessness, irritation, and had fluid buildup in his lungs. Medical personnel sedated him earlier than inserting him on a ventilator, however his situation continued to deteriorate.
After 10 days, his lungs started failing, and the person was turned face down — an emergency approach used to assist air higher transfer all through his physique. After 12 hours, when medics turned him face up once more, the nurses seen that his shaft was erect.
After three hours, unable to repair the scenario with an ice pack, medics drained the person’s penis of blood with a needle, efficiently fixing the bout of priapism. The man was unconscious all through.
“Priapism didn’t reoccur,” three Miami Valley hospital docs wrote in a report on the affected person within the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. However, his lungs didn’t recuperate, and the affected person in the end died within the ICU.
Medical professionals say the symptom is probably going attributable to an immune overreaction known as a “cytokine storm,” and is smart as a aspect impact of COVID, which is understood to trigger blood clots. Unaffiliated docs say that priapism continues to be an “attention-grabbing” manifestation of the illness.
“We haven’t seen any circumstances of COVID-related priapism like this, and now we have handled extra COVID sufferers than some other European hospital so far as I’m conscious, so that is clearly a uncommon however explainable manifestation of COVID,” guide urological surgeon Dr. Richard Viney of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham instructed the Daily Mail. “In this affected person, he had low circulate priapism which would definitely match with microemboli (little clots forming in smaller blood vessels) and this is among the problems of COVID we see in lots of different organ techniques.”
In June, a separate examine additionally revealed within the American Journal of Emergency Medicine reported an identical scenario: A 62-year-old who had contracted the coronavirus skilled an ice pack-resistant four-hour erection which additionally wanted to be drained with a needle and is believed to have been attributable to blood clots. Before contracting the novel illness, the person had no historical past of blood clots.