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Concept: Priapism


Background The up-regulation of P-selectin in endothelial cells and platelets contributes to the cell-cell interactions that are involved in the pathogenesis of vaso-occlusion and sickle cell-related pain crises. The safety and efficacy of crizanlizumab, an antibody against the adhesion molecule P-selectin, were evaluated in patients with sickle cell disease. Methods In this double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, phase 2 trial, we assigned patients to receive low-dose crizanlizumab (2.5 mg per kilogram of body weight), high-dose crizanlizumab (5.0 mg per kilogram), or placebo, administered intravenously 14 times over a period of 52 weeks. Patients who were receiving concomitant hydroxyurea as well as those not receiving hydroxyurea were included in the study. The primary end point was the annual rate of sickle cell-related pain crises with high-dose crizanlizumab versus placebo. The annual rate of days hospitalized, the times to first and second crises, annual rates of uncomplicated crises (defined as crises other than the acute chest syndrome, hepatic sequestration, splenic sequestration, or priapism) and the acute chest syndrome, and patient-reported outcomes were also assessed. Results A total of 198 patients underwent randomization at 60 sites. The median rate of crises per year was 1.63 with high-dose crizanlizumab versus 2.98 with placebo (indicating a 45.3% lower rate with high-dose crizanlizumab, P=0.01). The median time to the first crisis was significantly longer with high-dose crizanlizumab than with placebo (4.07 vs. 1.38 months, P=0.001), as was the median time to the second crisis (10.32 vs. 5.09 months, P=0.02). The median rate of uncomplicated crises per year was 1.08 with high-dose crizanlizumab, as compared with 2.91 with placebo (indicating a 62.9% lower rate with high-dose crizanlizumab, P=0.02). Adverse events that occurred in 10% or more of the patients in either active-treatment group and at a frequency that was at least twice as high as that in the placebo group were arthralgia, diarrhea, pruritus, vomiting, and chest pain. Conclusions In patients with sickle cell disease, crizanlizumab therapy resulted in a significantly lower rate of sickle cell-related pain crises than placebo and was associated with a low incidence of adverse events. (Funded by Selexys Pharmaceuticals and others; SUSTAIN number, NCT01895361 .).

Concepts: Time, Clinical trial, Medical terms, Red blood cell, Placebo, Sickle-cell disease, Sickle, Priapism


Aneurysmal dilatation of the corpora cavernosa can occur because of recurrent priapism in the setting of sickle cell disease.

Concepts: Andrology, Erectile dysfunction, Sickle-cell disease, Sickle, Erection, Corpus cavernosum penis, Priapism


We evaluated the therapeutic potential of a sustained nitric oxide (NO)-releasing compound to correct the molecular hallmarks and pathophysiology of priapism, an important but poorly characterized erectile disorder. 1,5-Bis-(dihexyl-N-nitrosoamino)-2,4-dinitrobenzene (C6') and an inactive form of the compound [1,5-bis-(dihexylamino)-2,4-dinitrobenzene (C6)] were tested in neuronal cell cultures and penile lysates for NO release (Griess assay) and biological activity (cGMP production). The effect of local depot C6' or C6 was evaluated in mice with a priapic phenotype due to double neuronal and endothelial NO synthase deletion (dNOS(-/-)) or human sickle hemoglobin transgenic expression (Sickle). Changes in NO signaling molecules and reactive oxygen species (ROS) surrogates were assessed by Western blot. The physiological response after C6' treatment was assessed using an established model of electrically stimulated penile erection. C6' generated NO, increased cGMP, and dose dependently increased NO metabolites. C6' treatment reversed abnormalities in key penile erection signaling molecules, including phosphodiesterase type 5, phosphorylated endothelial nitric oxide synthase, and phosphorylated vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein. In Sickle mice, C6' also attenuated the increased ROS markers gp91(phox), 4-hydroxynonenal, and 3-nitrotyrosine. Finally, C6' corrected the excessive priapic erection response of dNOS(-/-) mice. Exogenous sustained NO release from C6' corrects pathological erectile signaling in mouse models of priapism and suggests novel approaches to human therapy.-Lagoda, G., Sezen, S. F., Hurt, K. J., Cabrini, M. R., Mohanty, D. K., Burnett, A. L. Sustained nitric oxide (NO)-releasing compound reverses dysregulated NO signal transduction in priapism.

Concepts: Oxygen, Molecular biology, Nitric oxide, Erectile dysfunction, Nitric oxide synthase, Penis, Erection, Priapism


Current non-surgical strategies employed to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) target the vascular component of erection physiology. The Viberect handheld device (Reflexonic, LLC, Chambersburg, PA, USA) is a new FDA-cleared ED treatment, which exploits vibratory stimulation of genital afferent nerves for provoking erections. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical feasibility of the Viberect device for the achievement of penile erection and rigidity.

Concepts: Sexual intercourse, Erectile dysfunction, Penis, Erection, Sexual arousal, Priapism




Priapism is defined as a persistent and painful erection lasting longer than four hours without sexual stimulation. Based on episode history and pathophysiology, priapism is classified into three subtypes: ischemic (low-flow), non-ischemic (high-flow), and stuttering priapism. Ischemic priapism is characterized by a persistent, painful erection with remarkable rigidity of the corpora cavernosa caused by a disorder of venous blood outflow from this tissue mass, and is similar to penile compartment syndrome. Stuttering priapism is characterized by a self-limited, recurrent, and intermittent erection, frequently occurring in patients with sickle cell disease. Non-ischemic priapism is characterized by a painless, persistent nonsexual erection that is not fully rigid and is caused by excess arterial blood flow into the corpora cavernosa. Because ischemic and non-ischemic priapism differ based on emergency status and treatment options, appropriate discrimination of each type of priapism is required to initiate adequate clinical management. The goal of management of priapism is to achieve detumescence of the persistent penile erection and to preserve erectile function after resolution of the priapism. To achieve successful management, urologists should address this emergency clinical condition. In the present article, we review the diagnosis and clinical management of the three types of priapism.

Concepts: Blood, Erectile dysfunction, Sickle-cell disease, Ejaculation, Penis, Erection, Corpus cavernosum penis, Priapism


Evidence from animal models replicating postradical prostatectomy erectile dysfunction (pRP-ED) suggests intracavernous injection of bone marrow-mononuclear cells (BM-MNCs) as a promising treatment approach for pRP-ED. We conducted a phase ½ pilot clinical trial of intracavernous autologous BM-MNC injection to treat pRP-ED (NCT01089387). Twelve patients with localized prostate cancer and vasculogenic pRP-ED refractory to maximal medical treatment were divided into four equal groups treated with escalating BM-MNC doses (2×10(7), 2×10(8), 1×10(9), 2×10(9)). Tolerance was the primary endpoint. Secondary endpoints were the effects on erectile function and penile vascularization at 6 mo, as assessed using the International Index of Erectile Function-15 and Erection Hardness Scale questionnaires, and color duplex Doppler ultrasound. We measured the peak systolic velocity in cavernous arteries and assessed endothelial function using the penile nitric oxide release test. No serious side effects occurred. At 6 mo versus baseline, significant improvements of intercourse satisfaction (6.8±3.6, 3.9±2.5, p=0.044) and erectile function (17.4±8.9, 7.3±4.5, p=0.006) domains of the International Index of Erectile Function-15 and Erection Hardness Scale (2.6±1.1, 1.3±0.8, p=0.008) were observed in the total population. Spontaneous erections showed significantly greater improvement with the higher doses. Clinical benefits were associated with improvement of peak systolic velocity and of % penile nitric oxide release test and sustained after 1 yr. Our results need to be confirmed by phase 2 clinical trials.

Concepts: Clinical trial, Prostate cancer, Avicenna, Nitric oxide, Erectile dysfunction, Penis, Erection, Priapism


Priapism is a prolonged erection that persists beyond or is unrelated to sexual stimulation. It is associated with significant morbidity: psychological, socioeconomic, and physical, including pain and potentially irreversible compromise of erectile function. There are three major types of priapism: ischemic, nonischemic, and stuttering. Establishing the type of priapism is paramount to safely and effectively treating these episodes. Ischemic priapism represents a urological emergency. Its treatment may involve aspiration/irrigation with sympathomimetic injections, surgical shunts, and as a last resort, penile prosthesis implantation. Nonischemic priapism results from continuous flow of arterial blood into the penis, most commonly related to penile trauma. This is not an emergency and may be managed conservatively initially, as most of these episodes are self-limiting. Stuttering priapism involves recurrent self-limiting episodes of ischemic priapism. The primary goal of therapy is prevention, but acute episodes should be managed in accordance with guidelines for ischemic priapism. In this paper we review the diagnosis and treatment of the three priapism variants, as well as discuss future targets of therapy and novel targets on the horizon.

Concepts: Sexual intercourse, Blood, Andrology, Erectile dysfunction, Ejaculation, Penis, Erection, Priapism


To explore the therapeutic potential of PnTx2-6 injected 3 times a week for 4 weeks into the intracavernosal tissue in a rat model of bilateral cavernous nerve crush injury (BCNI).

Concepts: Protein, Blood, Erectile dysfunction, Toxin, Spider, Priapism, Brazilian wandering spider, Tx2-6