Tests for Erection Problems
Nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) test
There are no problems from having the nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) test.
Intracavernosal injection test
The intracavernosal injection test has a small chance of causing:
- Bleeding at the injection site.
- Bruising or swelling around the injection site.
- An erection that lasts for 3 or more hours. This condition, called priapism, is a rare side effect of some medicines used for this test. If priapism occurs, it usually can be reversed using another medicine.
There are no problems from an ultrasound test. If a device is used to cause an erection, you may have some mild discomfort. If a shot of medicine is used, you have the same chance for problems as the intracavernosal injection test.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 14, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology