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Oral phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors alleviate recurrent priapism complicating thalassemia intermedia: a case report.
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PMID:  19453903     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
INTRODUCTION: Recurrent ischemic priapism still remains a serious and difficult to treat complication of certain hematological disorders. Elucidation of the underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms and application of new effective prophylactic treatments are needed. AIM: To present the efficacy of phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5is) as a preventive measure against ischemic priapism recurrences complicating thalassemia intermedia. METHODS: We report on the case of a 19-year-old Caucasian man with thalassemia intermedia complicated by recurrent episodes of priapism following therapeutic splenectomy. After failure of conventional measures to control recurrences, a trial of long-term PDE5is use was initiated. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: PDE5is efficacy based on clinical patient history. RESULTS: Within 2 months of PDE5i preventive strategy, priapism recurrences nearly resolved. At 6 months, prophylaxis was discontinued. At 12 months, the patient reported clear improvement and satisfaction, experiencing rare episodes of priapism and a physiologic erectile function. CONCLUSIONS: PDE5 dysregulation seems to be an underline pathogenetic mechanism of thalassemia intermedia-associated priapism. It appears that PDE5is might have a role in the clinical management of such patients and their preventive efficacy warrants further testing in clinical trials.
Vassilios Tzortzis; Lampros Mitrakas; Stavros Gravas; Charalampos Mamoulakis; Andreas Meissner; Despina Kyriakou; Michael D Melekos
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Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2009-04-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of sexual medicine     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1743-6109     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101230693     Medline TA:  J Sex Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2068-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Urology, University of Thessaly School of Medicine, Mezourlo, Larissa, Greece.
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