BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-218060
  • Learning from errors

Postoperative drug-induced priapism

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  1. Jeroen Vogelaar2
  1. 1Department of Surgery, Tweesteden Ziekenhuis, Tilburg, The Netherlands
  2. 2Department of Surgery, VieCuri Medisch Centrum, Venlo, The Netherlands
  3. 3Department of Anesthesiology, VieCuri Medisch Centrum, Venlo, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Mr Bartholomeus JGA Corten, bartcorten{at}
  • Accepted 5 May 2017
  • Published 31 May 2017


We presented a case of a postoperative patient with low-flow priapism, possibly initiated by propofol-based anaesthesia or epidural anaesthesia. The delay in diagnosing priapism resulted in emergency interventions with a partially successful effect and eventually permanent erectile dysfunction. Due to the delay in treatment, erectile dysfunction ensued and was manageable with medication; hence, the patient decided against a penile prosthesis.


  • Contributors BJGAC: writing of case report. FA: performing surgeon and writing. ASH: performing anesthetist and drug-related addition. JV: performing surgeon and revision writing.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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