Key clinical point: RBC adhesion was increased, but only in hypoxia, for men with sickle cell disease and priapism.
Major finding: Men who had desaturations and priapism had significantly higher RBC adhesion than those without priapism (P = .013).
Study details: An in vitro and in vivo study of 26 men with HbSS sickle cell disease, with and without priapism.
Disclosures: The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Two coauthors have filed an international patent for the biochip technology.
Annual meeting of the Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research