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Thousands of Dangerous Erection Cases Seen in ERs Each Year, Study Finds

Posted 2 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 29 – A new study suggests that thousands of men seek care in U.S. emergency rooms each year for the painful condition known as priapism – an erection that lasts too long and threatens to permanently harm the penis. The researchers estimated that it costs $124 million a year on average to treat priapism at hospitals. "We're not talking about a massive problem, but it's more common than we thought," said study author Dr. Daniel Stein, chief resident with the urology department at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. It's not clear how many of an estimated 10,000 cases annually are due to a side effect of Viagra and similar impotence drugs, but urologists say they've seen very few men suffering from the infamous four-hour-plus erections that TV ads warn about. Sickle cell disease actually may be responsible for a much higher number of cases. Stein said ... Read more

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