Priapism in Children


What is priapism? Priapism is when your child has an erection that lasts 4 hours or longer. The erection may occur without stimulation. Your child's penis may be dark red or purplish. Priapism is usually painful and can lead to permanent tissue damage.

What are the types of priapism?

What increases my child's risk for priapism?

What tests may my child need?

How is priapism in children treated? Treatment will depend on the type of priapism your child has. High-flow priapism often goes away on its own. Your child may need any of the following:

How can I help decrease my child's risk for priapism?

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?


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