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Priapism caused by ‘Tribulus terrestris


A 36-year-old Caucasian man was diagnosed with a 72-h-lasting priapism that occurred after the assumption of a Herbal supplement based on Tribulus terrestris, which is becoming increasingly popular for the treatment of sexual dysfunction. The patient underwent a cavernoglandular shunt (Ebbehoj shunt) in order to obtain complete detumescence, from which derived negative post-episode outcomes on sexual function. All patients consuming non-FDA-approved alternative supplements such as Tribulus terrestris should be warned about the possible serious side effects.

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Campanelli, M., De Thomasis, R. & Tenaglia, R. Priapism caused by ‘Tribulus terrestris’. Int J Impot Res 28, 39–40 (2016).

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