Dublin man sustains seven-week erection after crash-landing on bike top tube

Took him a while to get to hospital though...

by John Stevenson   January 14, 2014  

Another large Irish erection, Dublin's Wellington Monument (CC licensed image by Miguel Mendez:Flickr)

We’re all familiar with the usual scrapes and bruises that result from falling off a bike, but the Irish Medical Journal reports a rather more unusual case of a mountain biker who suffered (if that’s the word) a seven-week erection after landing on his top tube in a crash.

The 22-year-old mountain bike racer turned up at the Urology Department of the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin five weeks after the crash with what’s technically known as priapism — an erection that persists in the absence of physical or emotional stimulation.

He’d sustained a blow to his perineum — the area between the testicles and anus — five weeks previously and while the immediate swelling and bruising had healed within days, one swollen area remained.

“Examination revealed no signs of injury but the penis was erect. Manual compression caused resolution of erection but the penis rapidly refilled with blood to full tumescence,” Drs Islam, Browne and Thornhill write in the IMFJ case report.

In a search of the medical literature, only two previous examples popped up of priapism caused by a straddle injury from a bike top tube.

The first attempt at treatment involved a pressure dressing, which the man used for two weeks, but as soon as the dressing came off the problem returned.

The case report explains that there two forms of priapism. Low flow priapism is painful because it’s caused by restricted blood flow and needs emergency attention. High flow priapism is usually caused by an injury that allows abnormal blood flow into the erectile tissues.

“As this is a painless erection, patients usually present late,” the doctors write.

Simply waiting for it to heal is successful in 60 percent of cases of high flow priapism, but seven weeks was quite long enough, it seems.

The man was treated with selective arterial embolization, inserting gel foam and four tiny platinum coils to block the excessive blood flow. That caused his erection to subside immediately and he had an uneventful recovery.

Priapism can result in subsequent erectile disfunction, but the doctors report that after a month there was no recurrence of priapism and the patient reported satisfactory erection and intercourse.

Don’t you just love a story with a happy ending?

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The old treatment for Priapism was a topical cream that had to be applied every few hours, but that kinda made the problem worse Rolling On The Floor

posted by jason.timothy.jones [303 posts]
14th January 2014 - 11:55


Party or not

posted by lookmanohands [112 posts]
14th January 2014 - 13:24


I expect this to raise the old helmet debate again...

getting coat!

posted by gazza_d [353 posts]
14th January 2014 - 13:53


"Don’t you just love a story with a happy ending?"

Is that the type of happy ending offered in the best massage parlor?

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posted by Bigdai100 [5 posts]
14th January 2014 - 14:38


"Priapism can result in subsequent erectile disfunction"
It can also, in serious cases, result in gangrene which can in turn require penis removal. Whilst it may make you popular with the ladies/gents/mirror, in cases of priapism please don't wait weeks before consulting a doctor.

posted by Dr_Lex [181 posts]
14th January 2014 - 14:41


I bet he had a hard time getting over that injury


posted by Initialised [244 posts]
14th January 2014 - 14:57


Makes you wonder what he was doing for the 5 weeks.

This springs to mind...

posted by parksey [356 posts]
14th January 2014 - 14:59


parksey wrote:
Makes you wonder what he was doing for the 5 weeks.

This springs to mind...

Giggity Rolling On The Floor

posted by jason.timothy.jones [303 posts]
14th January 2014 - 15:50


Hope he kept a stiff upper lip too. I would have assumed he was a fine upstanding gent, a great member of his cycling club.

We're all entitled to a reasonable opinion!

posted by Guyz2010 [297 posts]
14th January 2014 - 18:32


Crying Brings a whole new meaning to bike stiffness............

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posted by stuartanderson [20 posts]
14th January 2014 - 20:33


Rule 5 in extremis!

posted by allez neg [4 posts]
14th January 2014 - 20:52


Did he accidentally dismount from his bicycle or was he pulled off?

posted by allez neg [4 posts]
14th January 2014 - 20:54


Bigdai100 wrote:
"Don’t you just love a story with a happy ending?"

Is that the type of happy ending offered in the best massage parlor?

I'm told that's a "happy finish" not a "happy ending"

Really, though?

posted by workhard [393 posts]
14th January 2014 - 22:01


Hi to you all out there. This really does sound like a 1st class 'Tall Story'. You know the type,typically hoovering whilst naked and waiting for my breakfast porridge to "come" to the boil.
Oh dear,how did this happen?
It could well have been an accidental overdose of Viagra tablets being taken whilst on the move to a sure fire thing and riding with the bottle to his mouth like drinking from a pop bottle.

Your ears are your rear end defenders,don't clutter them and stay safe.
Clutter them and possibly stay in hospital,or worse still!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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posted by TheCyclingRooster [23 posts]
14th January 2014 - 23:03