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January 1969

Priapism as the Initial Manifestation of Renal Carcinoma

Author Affiliations


From the departments of medicine (Drs. Weisman and Hardison) and radiology (Dr. Burns), Emory University School of Medicine, and the Medical and Radiologic Services, Veterans Administration Hospital, Atlanta.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(1):58-59. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300110060011

The more common causes of priapism are neurogenic stimuli (which include psychic, central nervous system, and local reflex stimulation), hematological disorders, (chronic myelogenous leukemia and certain hemoglobinopathies), and local mechanical or traumatic conditions.1 Priapism secondary to metastatic disease involving the penis is rare. The purpose of this report is to describe a patient with priapism as the initial manifestation of a renal malignancy.

Patient Summary  A 66-year-old white man was admitted to the Atlanta Veterans Administration Hospital with a 2½-week history of persistent priapism, Eighteen days prior to admission, after having lifted a 50-lb weight, he noted a burning sensation in his scrotum, followed by the appearance of a tender, brownish nodule on the right side of the penis. Shortly thereafter, he developed priapism.He had sustained an 11-lb (5-kg) weight loss during the six-week period prior to admission but felt in good health and denied any urinary tract