Featured Article| Volume 19, ISSUE 5, 104550, May 2023

Assessment of Stuttering Priapism in Individuals with Sickle Cell Disease

Published:February 15, 2023DOI:


      • Stuttering priapism is a rare urologic condition and often starts in childhood.
      • Sickle cell disease is a common contributor of stuttering priapism.
      • Awareness of stuttering priapism is essential to avoid further complications.
      • Primary goals to manage stuttering priapism are reducing the frequency of episodes.
      • Establishing a trusting relationship is paramount for interprofessional care.


      Stuttering priapism is a rare and underinvestigated urologic condition reported in individuals with sickle cell disease (SCD). SCD is the most common cause of stuttering priapism. Stuttering priapism, also known as recurrent or intermittent priapism, manifests as transient, repetitive, painful episodes of prolonged erections with intermittent periods of detumescence without sexual stimulation. The tumescence or erection can result in ischemic damage to the corporal tissues. A detailed history and physical examination are paramount for interprofessional management. The nurse practitioner is in a key position to assist individuals with SCD in identification, prevention, and management of stuttering priapism.


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      All authors are at the Ball State University School of Nursing, Muncie, IN. Sheila Y. Abebe, DNP, BC-FNP, is an Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director and can be reached at [email protected]


      Elizabeth Goldsby, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor and teaches in the Baccalaureate Nursing Program.


      Kalyn Renbarger, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor and Associate Baccalaureate Program Director.


      Gabriel Hall, BA, is a graduate student.