In one-third of the cases, the cause of priapism is unknown. The remaining cases are caused by an associated condition, including sickle cell disease, pelvic tumors, pelvic infections, leukemia, genital trauma or spinal cord trauma. A variety of medications or recreational drugs also can lead to priapism.
- Sertraline and lithium
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (in hypogonadal men)
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