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Dublin medics treat rare condition that led to 7 week erection

Medics at a Dublin hospital have successfully treated a 22-year-old mountain biker for an unwanted seven-week erection.

The rare condition, known in medical terms as Priapism, began when the young man injured himself on the crossbar of his mountain bike.

The injury resulted in a high flow of blood to his penis which would not reside.

The man did not go to Tallaght hospital until five weeks after sustaining the rare injury and initial treatment by medics failed.

A pressure dressing was attempted for two weeks but the erection returned immediately after the treatment.

Further treatment where radiography was used on the penis was successful.

The case, which is outlined in the current issue of the Irish Medical Journal, reported that the man did not suffer any further priapism following the treatment and also reported ‘satisfactory erection and intercourse’.

The report adds that, as the erection is painless, patients usually present themselves late.

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