A 62-year-old man who rapidly deteriorated with symptoms of Covid-19 and was placed on a ventilator in a hospital in France was left with an erection that lasted for four hours.
Doctors had to use needles to remove blood clots and relieve the man’s condition.
The man had been in intensive care at the Centre Hospitaliser de Versailles in Le Chesnay for two weeks with a fever, dry cough and difficulty breathing.
Doctors say they are fairly certain that his priapism was triggered by Covid-19, reports the Mirror.
In the case study, published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, the researchers, led by Myriam Lamamri, wrote: “Although the arguments supporting a causal link between Covid-19 and priapism are very strong in our case, reports of further cases would strengthen the evidence.
“The clinical and laboratory presentation in our patient strongly suggests priapism related to SARS-CoV-2 infection.”
The case study comes shortly after medical experts revealed that up to 30% of coronavirus patients develop dangerous blood clots.
These clots, known as thrombosis, can form in different areas around the body, including in the lungs.