69-year-old COVID patient dies after exhibiting ‘3-hour erection’

69-year-old COVID patient dies after exhibiting ‘3-hour erection’
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[Ed. – Talk about going out with your boots on!]

This entry in the January 2021 edition of The American Journal of Emergency Medicine is a stiff read. It describes a medical episode that took place last year at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

The crux of the article outlines how a medical phenomenon known as a priapism can manifest itself in COVID patients. Priapism is when someone gets an erection for non-sexual reasons that lasts for an unusually long amount of time.

The 69-year-old patient with “a history of obesity” showed a week’s worth of symptoms like coughing and congestion. While his primary care doctor initially prescribed something for “acute sinusitis,” his respiratory situation got worse enough that the patient went to the emergency room.

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The hospital staff put him on a ventilation routine. That’s when they noticed the abnormality down the patient’s south.

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