An unidentified 62-year-old man from France suffered from the painful condition while being hospitalized for a serious attack of the coronavirus.
His erection was caused by trapped blood in the penis, which turned out to be full of blood clots when it was drained by doctors.
Blood clotting or thrombosis has been reported as a dangerous complication in up to one-third of coronavirus-infected patients.
But this is believed to be the first time that priapism has been seen as a side effect of the coronavirus, which has killed 500,000 people worldwide.
A 62-year-old man in France suffered from priapism – an erection that lasted more than four hours – while he was hospitalized for severe Covid-19
Doctors from Center Hospitalier de Versailles in Le Chesnay, an area near Paris, wrote about the man in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Myriam Lamamri, an intensive care physician, explained how blood clotting caused by Covid-19 has been extensively reported during the pandemic.