[SIZE=6]Covid-19 can cause PRIAPISM: French man, 62, suffers a four-hour erection after the coronavirus triggered blood clots in his penis[/SIZE]
[li]The man suffered the condition while receiving hospital care in France [/li][li]His penis was trapped with blood which was found to contain blood clots[/li][li]Blood clotting has been reported as a dangerous complication of the virus [/li][li]This is believed to be the first time priapism has been reported, however [/li][/ul]
Blood clotting, or thrombosis, has been reported as a dangerous complication in up to a third of coronavirus-infected patients.
When clots block arteries or veins, the blockages can trigger fatal heart attacks and strokes. They can also lead to pripiasm.
But this is believed to be the first time priapism has been seen as a side effect of the coronavirus, which has killed 500,000 people worldwide.
The patient left intensive care after spending two weeks on a ventilator, suggesting he has now recovered from Covid-19.
A 62-year-old man in France suffered priapism ― an erection lasting longer than four hours ― while receiving care in hospital for severe Covid-19
Doctors at Centre Hospitalier de Versailles in Le Chesnay, an area near Paris, wrote about the man in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Myriam Lamamri, an intensive care doctor, explained how blood clotting caused by Covid-19 has been extensively reported during the pandemic.
Normally, blood clotting occurs when someone injures themselves. The clot stops a wound, such as a paper cut, from bleeding.