ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Ischemic priapism can cause serious complications. The blood trapped in the penis is deprived of its oxygen supply and becomes toxic to tissues. When the erection lasts for longer than fours hours, the oxygen-poor blood can begin to damage or destroy tissues in the penis. As a result, untreated priapism may cause:
- Erectile dysfunction, the inability of the penis to become or stay erect with sexual arousal
- Disfiguring of the penis
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