In a strange medical case, a 35-year-old British man was left with a strong erection for nine consecutive days following a minor accident. Reports say that he damaged his penis after he fell off his moped. He suffered a Grade IV erection and it is considered to be the strongest type on medical scale. However, he surprisingly wasn't suffering from any pain and just felt a mild discomfort while walking, as per reports by Metro. Reports further suggest that it took him 12 months "to return to normal erectile function following the injury". He decided to visit the doctor only after two weeks of the accident and that is where he discovered that the accident has caused him a bruised perineum which is the small area in between the anus and the genitals. The bruise had caused a continuous flow of blood to be to his penis which further causes the trapped blood to not be able to drain. The condition if not treated immediately can even lead permanent erectile dysfunction. There are two kinds of priapism, both the high-flow and the low-flow kind. The motorcyclist suffered high-flow priapism and even had two fistulas which redirected the blood to his penis. Erection for Continuous Two-Days Causes Indian Man to Have His Penis Amputated After He Develops Gangrene.
What is Priapism?
Priapism is a condition when an erection lasts too long. The cause usually behind the condition 95 percent of the time is, when blood doesn't leave the penis because of certain kind of blockage of blood vessels. Drugs to treat erectile dysfunction and neurological conditions usually the most common causes. Priapism is a medical term for a persistent and painful erection of the penis that lasts for more than 2 hours. Erections are a healthy sign of arousal and require proper blood flow in the pelvic area to continue. The process of penis arousal sees the arteries in his pelvis and penis area relax and expand. This causes more blood flow to the penile area. However, this also causes the valves in the veins close and trap the blood in the area. The time the blood remains trapped determines how long the erection will last. It is when the blood flow isn't normal that a man suffers from priapism which means an erection that lasts for more than 4 hours, It usually causes pain and many times don't happen without sexual arousal. It can be triggered by sickle cell disease, illegal and legal drugs, or by taking Viagra or similar erection remedies; however, some of the rare causes can also be a spinal cord or genital area injury and Black widow spider bites and scorpion stings.
It is always advised that even after you have been through a minor accident and do not have a visible bruise, always get yourself checked. Sometimes you may suffer from blood clots that could turn fatal.