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Traumatic priapism: an unusual cycling injury
  1. A Golash1,
  2. R Gray1,
  3. M S T Ruttley2,
  4. B J Jenkins1
  1. 1Department of Urology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
  2. 2Department of Radiology
  1. Correspondence to: Mr B J Jenkins, Ward A5, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, Wales


A case is reported of a 35 year old man who sustained an injury to the perineum in a cycling accident which resulted in a traumatic priapism. After confirmation of the diagnosis by Doppler sonography and angiography, therapeutic selective arterial embolisation was followed by successful detumescence of the penis and subsequent return of normal erectile function. It is suggested that percutaneous embolisation of the lacerated cavernosal artery is a safe and effective minimally invasive treatment for this uncommon condition.

  • priapism
  • penis
  • embolisation
  • perineum
  • cavernosal artery
  • cycling

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