Man Treated for Seven-Week-Long Erection Caused by Hard Bike Crash

A 22-year-old man suffered an erection for seven weeks after a mountain bike crash. The hard-on finally subsided after two weeks of medical treatment in a hospital.

"It was an anxious time for the patient, as it would be for any young man," Dr. Ronan Browne, a doctor at Dublin's Tallaght Hospital, where the man was treated, told the Irish Examiner.

The man received the injury—described as "high-flow" priapism "with rigid erection"—after crashing into his handle bars. For reasons that aren't clear, he waited five weeks before seeking treatment at Dublin's Tallaght Hospital, where it took doctors two weeks to find a cure.

From the Irish Examiner:

Medics eventually treated the man after inserting gel foam and four tiny platinum coils at an abnormal connection between an artery and a vein that supplied blood to the man's penis. This reduced the high-flow blood supply to the penis, ending the erection.

"We were very happy with the outcome," Browne said, adding that he expects the man to make a full recovery from his "unusual" injury.

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