Rheumatology International

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 472–474 | Cite as

Thrombosis and priapism in a patient with Henoch-Schonlein purpura

  • Ismail SariEmail author
  • Servet Akar
  • Mustafa Secil
  • Merih Birlik
  • Aykut Kefi
  • Fatos Onen
  • Ilhan Celebi
  • Nurullah Akkoc
Case Report


Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) belongs to the category of systemic small-vessel vasculitis. Although long-term outcome is generally good, serious complications may occur. Thrombosis and priapism have been reported only as extremely rare complications of HSP. We describe a 37-year-old man who developed recurrent thrombotic events shortly after he had been diagnosed as having HSP. Although he had additional risk factors for thrombosis, such as prothrombin G20210A mutation and use of celecoxib before the last episode, temporal relation of the thrombotic attacks to the onset of HSP suggest that the disease itself may lead to a prothrombotic state. This case is the first adult HSP patient with priapism, which probably developed secondary to thrombosis of the dorsal penile vein.


Henoch-Schoenlein purpura Venous thrombosis Priapism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ismail Sari
    • 1
    Email author
  • Servet Akar
    • 1
  • Mustafa Secil
    • 2
  • Merih Birlik
    • 1
  • Aykut Kefi
    • 3
  • Fatos Onen
    • 1
  • Ilhan Celebi
    • 3
  • Nurullah Akkoc
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal MedicineDokuz Eylul University School of MedicineInciralti, IzmirTurkey
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyDokuz Eylul University School of MedicineInciralti, IzmirTurkey
  3. 3.Department of UrologyDokuz Eylul University School of MedicineInciralti, IzmirTurkey

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