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What are the symptoms of priapism?
Priapism results in a persistent erection. Priapism is usually divided into
Ischemic priapism is the most common category of priapism. Blood is not able to
leave the penis causing the erection. This painful event is considered an
emergency if it lasts for more than 4 hours.
Non-ischemic priapism is the second category of priapism, and
much less common.
In this form, too much blood flows into the penis. The erection tends to be
painless and less rigid then the ischemic form.
Suttering priapism is the third category of priapism. In
stuttering priapism, the erection occurs repeatedly but is transient in nature.