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Advances in Urology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 890328, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/890328
Research Article

Prevalence of Priapism and Its Awareness amongst Male Homozygous Sickle Cell Patients in Lagos, Nigeria

1Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, PMB 12003, Surulere, Idi Araba, Lagos, Nigeria
2Department of Community Medicine and Primary Health Care, Lagos State University College of Medicine, Ikeja, Nigeria
3Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Lagos State University College of Medicine, Ikeja, Nigeria
4Department of Medicine, Lagos State University College of Medicine, Ikeja, Nigeria
5Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Nigeria
6Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Nigeria

Received 23 February 2013; Revised 1 June 2013; Accepted 13 June 2013

Academic Editor: Nazareno Suardi

Copyright © 2013 Adewumi Adediran et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. Priapism is a pathological condition of penile erection that persists beyond, or is unrelated to, sexual stimulation. Impotence and infertility are major problems in male sickle cell disease patients, and priapism has been implicated as a cause of impotence and infertility. The aim of this study is to determine priapism prevalence and assess the knowledge of male homozygous male patients about it in Lagos, Nigeria. Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted amongst male homozygous sickle cell disease patients of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. Pretested questionnaires were distributed to determine the prevalence and assess their knowledge on priapism. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 16.0. Results. A total of 114 consenting subjects filled the questionnaires, 85 of 114 (74.6%) had not heard about priapism before this study. A total of 77 of 114 (67.5%) did not know that they are at risk of priapism. Whilst 84 of 114 (73.7%) were not aware that priapism is a complication of SCD. The majority, 94 of 114 (82.5%), were not aware that priapism could cause impotence. Conclusion. There is a need to create more awareness about this complication amongst sickle cell disease patients in order to stem the incidence of impotence and infertility amongst them.