Priapism is the prolonged and uncontrolled erection of the penis that is unaccompanied by sexual desire and is usually painful. Ther term is derived from the mythical Greek god Priapus. Images of the god were in the form of a crude pillar with a club, a sickle, and an exaggerated phallic symbol and were placed in the gardens and fields to ensure fertility and growth of the crops, flocks, and family. The name priapism was given to the disorder because of the resemblance of the abnormal erection in the male subject to this phallic idol.1


Polycythemia Vera Essential Thrombocythemia Corpus Cavernosa Penile Prosthesis Congenital Syphilis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rasim Gucalp
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OncologyMontefiore Medical CenterBronxUSA

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