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Evaluation of patients after treatment of arterial priapism with selective micro-embolization.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16452056     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Arterial (high-flow) priapism is characterized by a prolonged non-painful erection without sexual arousal as a result of unregulated inflow of blood to the corpus cavernosum. Treatment is based on decreasing this elevated inflow, primarily by means of selective arteriography and embolization. The aim of this study was to evaluate the treatment of patients with arterial priapism. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the period between 1990 and 2004, 10 patients with arterial priapism were admitted to our department. The mean age when priapism developed was 32 years (range 11-62 years). Eight patients were treated with selective embolization, one was operated on and one refused treatment. Nine patients completed a standardized questionnaire which included the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5). The mean follow-up time after treatment was 70 months. RESULTS: All patients treated with selective embolization achieved reduced tumescence. Six out of eight patients had an improved IIEF-5 score after treatment. In nine men, the etiology of the arterial priapism was perineal trauma. In one case, an anomaly with an accessory artery to the corpus cavernosum was diagnosed, which required surgery, and in one case recurrence of the priapism necessitated a second embolization. CONCLUSIONS: Selective embolization results in reduced tumescence and an improvement in erectile function in patients with arterial priapism. Trauma to the perineum was the main etiology in this study.
Kim Alexander Tønseth; Tor Egge; Alf Kolbenstvedt; Hans Hedlund
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of urology and nephrology     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0036-5599     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand. J. Urol. Nephrol.     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-02-02     Completed Date:  2006-06-08     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0114501     Medline TA:  Scand J Urol Nephrol     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  49-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Urology, Rikshospitalet, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Embolization, Therapeutic / methods*
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction
Penile Erection / physiology
Penis / blood supply*
Priapism / diagnosis,  therapy*
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors
Severity of Illness Index
Treatment Outcome

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