Coronavirus remains in the penis and can cause impotence
How? Coronavirus infection is already known to damage blood vessels and blood vessels penis it seems to be no exception.
Researchers armed with an electron microscope found coronavirus particles in two percent of penile samples taken from two friends who had COVID-19 patients. impotent it occurred six to eight months earlier after infection.
More studies showed damage to blood vessels in the penises of COVID-19 patients compared to two other men erectile dysfunction What was never contaminated was reported by investigators on May 7 World Journal of Men’s Health.
“We found that the virus affects the blood vessels that supply the penis, causing erectile dysfunction,” said lead researcher Ranjith Ramasamy, director of the reproductive urology program at Miller University School of Medicine in Miami. “The blood vessels themselves malfunction and are not able to deliver enough blood to get into the penis for erection.”
Ramasamy compared COVID-19 with lung, kidney, and brain organs found among patients.
“We believe that the penis can also be damaged in the same way,” Ramasamy said. “We don’t think that’s a temporary effect. We think that can be permanent.”
The new report is aimed at two patients recovering from COVID-19 undergoing penile prosthesis surgery for erectile dysfunction. Both men had normal erectile function prior to infections.
One of the men was seriously ill with COVID-19 and spent two weeks in hospital before being cured, but otherwise had no chronic health problems.
The other man had a relatively mild case of COVID-19, but had a covered artery and high blood pressure before infection.
Both men still had COVID-19 particles in their penile tissue, as well as evidence of endothelial dysfunction, a condition in which the linings of small blood vessels do not function properly and do not provide adequate blood supply to different parts of the body.
By comparison, two men without COVID also underwent surgery for erectile dysfunction with no similar evidence of damage to small blood vessels in their penises.
“I think this is probably not the case with men discussing all the things they are discussing right now,” Ramasamy said. “I’m sure that in the next six months to a year we will probably better understand the true prevalence of erectile dysfunction among men who are COVID positive.”
It makes sense that COVID-19 can affect men in this way, the virus has the ability to cause inflammation and damage blood vessels, said Dr. Ash Tewari, president of urology at Mount Icahn Medical School in Sinai, New York City.
However, Tewari warned that men should not panic until further research is done.
“One or two patients don’t have an event, but it’s worth investigating from our point of view,” Tewari said. “COVID is endothelial dysfunction. It can affect the small arteries of the heart just as it can affect the blood vessels in the penis.”
Ramasamy now asked former COVID-19 patients with erectile dysfunction to seek medical help.
“Don’t think this is something that will go away on its own. We think it can have a lasting effect, not a temporary one,” Ramasamy said.
There is another tip for men who are concerned about this.
“Don’t COVID. Insert it, so you don’t COVID,” Ramasamy said.
The Cleveland Clinic has more information COVID-19 and erectile dysfunction.
SOURCES: Ranjith Ramasamy, Director, Reproductive Urology Program, Miller University School of Medicine, Miami, Miami; Ash Tewari, MD, chair, urology, Icahn Medical School on Mount Sinai, New York; World Journal of Men’s Health, May 7, 2021, online