Priapism in an otherwise healthy man with SARS-CoV-2: case report and literature review

Folia Med (Plovdiv). 2022 Dec 31;64(6):1016-1019. doi: 10.3897/folmed.64.e71053.


COVID-19 disease causes acute respiratory infection - pneumonia. It is associated with an increased risk of complications such as hypercoagulopathy, which leads to thromboses. We present a case of a young man presenting with typical SARS-CoV-2 symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, and dyspnea), who experienced ischemic priapism, most probably due to thrombosis of penile vessels caused by the novel coronavirus infection. After prompt treatment of the priapism with punctures and irrigation, lasting penile detumescence was achieved. However, despite younger age, lack of serious comorbidities and administration of anticoagulants, priapism was followed by a fatal pulmonary embolism some days later.

Keywords: hypercoagulopathy priapism SARS-CoV-2.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anticoagulants
  • COVID-19*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Penis
  • Priapism*
  • SARS-CoV-2


  • Anticoagulants