Auto-injection of the corpus cavernosum with a vasoactive drug combination for vasculogenic impotence

J Urol. 1985 Jan;133(1):39-41. doi: 10.1016/s0022-5347(17)48774-x.


Intracavernous injection of papaverine hydrochloride with phentolamine mesylate rapidly produces transitory penile tumescence, which can be followed by erection and coitus provided there is sexual stimulation. Coital penetration was possible in 59 of 62 patients with impotence of divers etiologies (vascular, diabetic, iatrogenic and Peyronie's disease) who underwent injection and were sent home to attempt coitus. One patient had a prolonged erection that was treated successfully with aspiration of a corpus. When coitus was successful the patient was offered training in self-injection. With self-injection 18 patients have had satisfactory coitus without a noteworthy complication; 5 for more than 12 months. The long-term effects of intracavernous injections remain unknown. Intracavernous injection of vasoactive substances (chemical prosthesis) may become a useful alternative treatment. Administration should be restricted to urologists able to manage the possible complication of priapism.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Coitus
  • Drug Combinations
  • Erectile Dysfunction / drug therapy*
  • Erectile Dysfunction / etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Papaverine / administration & dosage*
  • Papaverine / therapeutic use
  • Penis / blood supply
  • Penis / drug effects
  • Phentolamine / administration & dosage
  • Phentolamine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Phentolamine / therapeutic use
  • Regional Blood Flow / drug effects
  • Self Administration
  • Stimulation, Chemical
  • Time Factors


  • Drug Combinations
  • Papaverine
  • Phentolamine