Man Goes in for Tattoo, Comes Out with Permanent Erection

Princess 19 on 15 Jan 2012 at 3:00pm

Permanently modifying your body always carries risks. 

In a recent medical report, doctors from Iran’s Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences profiled an unnamed patient who developed a condition called nonischemic priapism, more commonly known as a permanent erection.  The man developed this condition after he had an Iranian saying (“good luck with your journeys”) and his girlfriend’s initial tattooed onto the, ahem, shaft area of his member. 

“For eight days after tattooing, the penis was painful, and thus there were no erections,” the doctors reported to the university’s Journal of Sexual Medicine.

(Input obvious “no pain, no gain” pun here.)

The doctors went on to say, “In our case, most probably, the handheld needle penetrated the penis too deep, creating an arteriovenous fistula.” In layman terms, the needle created an abnormal passageway between a vein and an artery in his penis causing an overflow of blood.

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After the patient experienced zero erections, he “noticed longer-than-usual sleep-related erections. This progressed, within a week, to a constantly half-rigid penis, day and night.”

According to the report, more than half of patients that experience this condition naturally lose the symptom on their own.  When that does not occur, medical intervention is needed.

There are two solutions to fix this “stiff obstacle.”  One is to perform an arterial embolism.  This blocks the artery involved with the blood flow causing the erection.  The second solution is to place a shunt in the penis and drain the excess blood.  

This patient's choice?  He chose the shunt, to no avail.

As the doctors noted, “the patient has declined to undergo further therapies, and lives with his condition.” 

Perhaps future genital-tattoo curious men should take a cue from the female "vattoo" trend

And we thought tattoo removal was a hard process.

Photo credit: kevinrosseel on Morguefile; michaelawaddell on Flickr