Effectiveness of the caverno-dorsal vein shunt (Barry shunt) on prolonged ischaemic priapism and its effect on the post-operative long-term erectile function

Micoogullari U., ÜNAL S. , Alijla A., OKULU E. , Micoogullari L. D. , KAYIGİL Ö.

Andrologia, vol.53, no.2, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/and.13945
  • Title of Journal : Andrologia


© 2020 Wiley-VCH GmbHIschaemic priapism is the most common form of priapism and requires urgent treatment. In this study, we evaluated the effectiveness of the caverno-dorsal vein shunt on resolution of ischaemic priapism and on the post-operative long-term erectile function in patients presenting with priapism. The study included 10 patients admitted to our hospital for priapism between 2010 and 2018. The median age of the patients was 31 (24–66) years. The median priapism time was 13.5 (7–38) hours. The blood gas measurements were taken from the corpus cavernosum, and the drainage of the corpus cavernosum was performed as an emergency intervention. Then, the corpus cavernosum was irrigated with 0.01% adrenaline 5 times in 20-min intervals. The caverno-dorsal vein shunt procedure was performed in cases without regression of priapism. Two months after, the operation shunt was closed. Detumescence occurred in all patients. Eight of 10 patients maintained their erectile function. In 2 patients, severe erectile dysfunction occurred at post-operative 2 months following a priapism attack and penile prosthesis implantation was performed in these 2 patients. Our study showed that caverno-dorsal vein shunt procedure is effective in providing detumescence and maintaining potency in cases with ischaemic priapism. In our opinion, caverno-dorsal vein shunt can be considered as the first treatment of choice for refractory low-flow priapism.