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Intermittent priapism in degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis: case report.
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PMID:  18050069     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis produces gradually progressive back and leg pain with standing and walking, relieved by sitting or lying. One of the uncommon symptoms is involuntary intermittent penile erection due to spinal canal stenosis. This symptom is very rare and often forgotten when history is taken. METHODS: In this case report, a patient suffering from intermittent priapism due to degenerative spinal canal stenosis and spondylolisthesis is described. On admission his symptoms were intermittent neurogenic claudication and involuntary erection provoked by walking a short distance. RESULTS: Bilateral laminectomy and posterior fusion was performed. His symptoms resolved over the first postoperative days. CONCLUSION: Cauda equina compression due to LSS may rarely cause intermittent priapism. This rare symptom should not be forgotten when taking the patient's history and should also be kept in mind during follow-up.
Tufan Cansever; Erdinç Civelek; Altay Sencer; Aykut Karasu; Inan Turantan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Turkish neurosurgery     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1019-5149     ISO Abbreviation:  Turk Neurosurg     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-30     Completed Date:  2008-03-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9423821     Medline TA:  Turk Neurosurg     Country:  Turkey    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  260-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Istanbul University, Neurosurgery Department, Istanbul, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Intermittent Claudication / etiology
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Neurodegenerative Diseases / complications*,  pathology,  surgery
Penile Erection / physiology
Polyradiculopathy / etiology,  surgery
Priapism / etiology*
Spinal Fusion
Spinal Stenosis / complications*,  pathology,  surgery
Spondylolisthesis / complications,  pathology

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