PETALING JAYA, July 2 – A Covid-19 patient in Le Chesnay, France, had an erection for four hours due to a blood clot possibly induced by the virus, a new case report has revealed.
The report was published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine last month with details of a 62-year-old man who was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Versailles Hospital Center with symptoms of Covid-19.
Doctors quickly discovered that the man was suffering from priapism, a painful condition in which a patient has a prolonged erection that is not related to sexual interest or stimulation.
An ice pack was applied to the man’s genitals but to no avail and the medical staff had to insert a needle into his penis to drain the blood.
Doctors then found “black blood clots” allegedly caused by the Covid-19 virus in the man’s body.
The report indicates that blood clots are common in people infected with the virus, but that this is the first documented case of priapism in a Covid-19 patient.
“The clinical and laboratory presentation in our patient strongly suggests priapism linked to SARS-CoV-2 infection,” concludes the report.
However, the researchers said more research is needed to establish a clear causal link between Covid-19 and priapism.