A 32-year-old man who was recently treated at the hospital for several longer-than-normal erections, including one that lasted 12 hours, likely had the condition due to frequent use of marijuana, researchers say.
Priapism is a long-lasting, painful erection that usually lasts more than four hours and is unrelated to sexual activity.
If untreated, priapism, which is often caused by use of prescription medication like anti-depressants or illicit drug use such as cocaine, can cause permanent damage to the penis.
As DailyMail reports, a team of doctors at Coliseum Medical Centers in Macon, Georgia, says it is the ‘first known case of cannabis-associated priapism in a patient where all other known causes of priapism have been excluded.’
Experts wrote about the unusual case of the 32-year-old healthy African American man who was admitted to the hospital after complaining about persistent erections.
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