Treatment for Priapism

For erections lasting over 4 h, apply cooling agents to the genitals and encourage moderate exercise to the legs to divert blood to the lower limbs. If the erection remains, aspirate 20-50 mL of blood from the corpus cavernosum using a 19 -21 gage butterfly using a sterile technique. This may be followed by irrigation with heparinised saline. If necessary, repeat to the other side. If there is no response proceed to ICI alpha-adrenergic agents. Either phenylephereine [10 mg (1 mL) vial diluted to 10 mL with saline and 0.5 mg (0.5 mL) injected at a time to a maximum of 10 mg (10 mL)] or ephedrine [30 mg in 1 mL vial, using 15 mg (0.5 mL)] should be given, and repeated once if necessary. Monitor pulse and BP continuously. Proceed with extreme caution in patients with coronary heart disease, uncontrolled hypertension, or cerebral ischemia and in men taking MAOIs as hypertensive crises may occur. See also the latest AUA guidelines (104).

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