Priapism and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency: An underestimated correlation?

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Aldo Franco De Rose
Guglielmo Mantica *
Mattia Tosi
Giulio Bovio
Carlo Terrone
(*) Corresponding Author:
Guglielmo Mantica | guglielmo.mantica@gmail.com

Abstract

Priapism is a rare clinical condition characterized by a persistent erection unrelated to sexual excitement. Often the etiology is idiopathic. Three cases of priapism in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency patients have been described in literature. We present the case of a 39-year-old man with glucose- 6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, who reached out to our department for the arising of a non-ischemic priapism without arteriolacunar fistula. We suggest that the glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency could be an underestimated risk factor for priapism.

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