Annals of Tropical Pathology

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5--10

Priapism in sickle-cell disease: Emergency room intervention


Akinsegun Akinbami, Ebele Uche, Adedoyin Dosunmu 
 Department of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, College of Medicine, Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Akinsegun Akinbami
Department of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, College of Medicine, Lagos State University, PMB 21266, Ikeja, Lagos
Nigeria

Priapism is one of the diverse complications of sickle cell disease (SCD). SCD is one of the many causes of priapism. Ischaemic and stuttering priapisms are the types seen in SCD. Apart from pain and psychological trauma associated with ischaemic and stuttering priapism, erectile dysfunction and impotence are the most severe complications of priapism in SCD that may require the use of penile prosthesis in SCD patients. The outcome of priapism complications is time-dependent and dependent on the type of management administered. This review highlights, the anatomy of the penis, physiology of normal erection, focusing on pathophysiology and management of priapism in SCD so as to create better awareness of this condition amongst physicians involved in the management of SCD.


How to cite this article:
Akinbami A, Uche E, Dosunmu A. Priapism in sickle-cell disease: Emergency room intervention.Ann Trop Pathol 2017;8:5-10


How to cite this URL:
Akinbami A, Uche E, Dosunmu A. Priapism in sickle-cell disease: Emergency room intervention. Ann Trop Pathol [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 Sep 21 ];8:5-10
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