Priapism is pathological condition, characterized by occurrence of prolonged erection not associated with sexual arousal. Usually this condition is accompanied by painful sensations in penis root area. Unlike true erection, mainly cavernous bodies are strained, penis head remains relatively soft. Urination isn`t violated. Sexual intercourse doesn`t bring relief. Priapism usually begins at night during sleep.
The term itself originated after Greek God Priapus, God of gardens and fertility. He was also God of debauchery and his penis was in state of constant erection. Priapism can occur in both adult males and children – it doesn`t matter what the age is.