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Priapism

Priapism occurs when blood gets trapped in the penile shaft, causing a persistent erection of the penis. This condition is painful, and is not caused by sexual desire, but has a variety of different causes, such as medications, injury, even black widow spider bites. A persistent, painful erection needs to be reported to your doctor at once in order to receive medical attention.

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