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DISEASE STUDIES

Priapism in sickle cell anemia

Priapism is a prolonged erection of the penis. The unwanted, persistent erection isn’t caused by sexual stimulation or arousal, and priapism is usually painful. Priapism is most common between ages 5 and 10 in boys and ages 20 and 50 in men.

Priapism is considered a medical emergency that should receive the proper treatment by a qualified doctor. Early treatment is important for a functional recuperation.

Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disorder characterized by abnormally shaped red blood cells. These abnormally shaped cells do not last as long as normal ones and can block the flow of blood.

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