Excruciating pain in a man’s penis has been blamed on COVID infection, as doctors warned of the rare side effect.
Writing in a medical journal, the Iranian team described how the virus caused blood to clot in the poor man’s tree.
The unnamed man had suffered from penile pain for three days before being seen by a urologist in Iran, who referred him for tests.
The discomfort started following an erection during sex, the 41-year-old married man told doctors.
He had not suffered any trauma to the pelvic region that could explain his symptom.
But he had had a positive COVID PCR test three weeks prior, radiologist Seyed Morteza Bagheri and a colleague from Iran’s University of Medical Sciences wrote in the journal Clinical Case Reports.
Nothing was unusual about his COVID illness. note the doctors.
He had mild symptoms, including fever, cough and fatigue, and did not need to take any medication.
Tests at the hospital showed the man had ‘deep dorsal penile vein thrombosis’ – blood clotting in a vein that runs along the top of the shaft.
The vein runs the full length of the penis and is involved in supplying oxygenated blood to the organ.
An ultrasound showed “no [blood] flow in the vein” due to a clot halfway along the penis.
Immediately, doctors started giving rivaroxaban, a blood thinner used to treat and prevent blood clots.
“Two months after starting treatment, the patient’s symptoms had completely disappeared and he no longer had penile pain during erection and sexual dysfunction,” the doctors wrote.
Everything worked “over there,” wrote Morteza Bagheri.
However, the man still felt a little pressure pain at the site of blood clotting.
Scientists have learned during the pandemic that the coronavirus doesn’t just cause respiratory symptoms.
One of its other characteristics is to increase the tendency of blood to clot. In fact, it is often the cause of death.
“Roughly 20-50% of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 infection have abnormal coagulation tests,” Morteza Bagheri wrote.
But he said this patient’s type of blood clotting was very rare. When this happens, it’s usually in someone who has a blood clotting disorder.
It could be fatal if the blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.
“The literature search did not show any similar previously published case of deep dorsal penile vein thrombosis following COVID-19 infection and our patient is the first reported case,” said Morteza Bagheri.
Thrombosis in another vein, the superficial dorsal penile vein, has previously been reported in men with COVID.
And a bunch of other complications in male genitals have been reported by doctors during the pandemic.
A 69-year-old man in Ohio had a three-hour erection – a condition called priapism – due to blood clotting issues in his penis.
Doctors reported in the American Journal of American Medicine that they believe COVID caused clots to form in his penis, trapping blood in the erection chambers.
Doctors had to drain blood from the penis with a needle because ice packs weren’t working to reduce the stiffness.
He sadly died of COVID due to lung failure.
Another man in his 60s, in France, had to undergo the same procedure after COVID left him with a four-hour erection.
In this case, doctors concluded that the man’s priapism was triggered by COVID. He survived and has not suffered from priapism since his release.
Meanwhile, experts have found evidence that COVID can damage blood vessels in the penis, making it harder to get an erection.
A man in his 30s has revealed he had trouble getting an erection after an infection and as a result his penis had shrunk.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.