Doctors had already warned about a strange but possible side effect of covid infection. A strong pain in the penis caused by the formation of blood clots . In this specific case, a man reportedly suffered from pain in his penis for three days until he decided to see a urologist in Iran, who referred him for tests.
Apparently, the 41-year-old man began to feel severe discomfort after having sex, he told doctors. He had not experienced any trauma that could explain the pain but the specialists realized that three weeks earlier he had tested positive for a PCR test,as confirmed by radiologist Seyed Morteza Bagheri and a colleague from the University of Medical Sciences of Iran to the journal Clinical Case Reports.
During the infection, the patient had mild symptoms including fever, cough, and fatigue and did not need to take any medication. Therefore, it was not considered that it could present any other type of complication derived from covid.
After carrying out the pertinent tests, the diagnosis was a thrombosis of the dorsal vein of the penis : that is, a coagulation of the blood. This vein runs the entire length of the penis and facilitates blood supply to the organ.
Immediately, doctors began administering rivaroxaban, an anticoagulant medication, and “two months after starting treatment, the patient’s symptoms completely disappeared,” the doctors described.
Other similar cases derived from covid infection
During the time we have been in the pandemic, scientists have been able to show that the coronavirus not only causes symptoms of respiratory origin. Another of the most frequently observed effects is the tendency of the blood to coagulate .
“Approximately between 20 and 50 percent of hospitalized patients with covid-19 infection have abnormal coagulation tests,” according to Morteza Bagheri. However, he clarifies in statements to the New York Post that it is a very strange case. When it does occur, it usually occurs in people who previously had a blood clotting disorder.
Other types of complications in the male genitalia have been reported by specialists during the course of the pandemic. For example, a 69-year-old man from Ohio suffered from a three-hour erection , a condition called priapism ., also due to blood clotting problems. Other patients have also reported having erection problems after passing the disease.