Corporal “Snake” Maneuver: Corporoglanular Shunt Surgical Modification for Ischemic Priapism


Arthur L. Burnett, MD, Department of Urology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 N. Wolfe Street/Marburg 407, Baltimore, MD 21287-2411, USA. Tel: 410-614-3986; Fax: 410-614-3695; E-mail:


Introduction.  Current surgical shunting procedures for major ischemic priapism do not always effectively resolve acute presentations of this disorder.

Aim.  To evaluate a modification of the Al-Ghorab distal penile corporoglanular shunt surgery for ischemic priapism.

Methods.  Three previously potent men (48, 43, 40 years of age) presented with major ischemic priapism episodes (5, 2, and 6 days in duration, respectively), which were refractory to clinical management including sympathomimetic intracavernosal treatments, intracorporal aspiration and saline irrigation, and penile shunt surgery attempts. We offered a surgical technique for facilitating corporal blood evacuation by retrograde insertion of a cavernosal dilator through the excised tunical windows of the distal corpora cavernosa after transglanular incision.

Main Outcome Measures.  Clinical evaluation of priapism resolution and erection recovery.

Results.  All men achieved successful resolution of priapism, with meaningful erection recovery assessable in one man.

Conclusions.  The modified Al-Ghorab corporoglanular shunt surgery appears to offer an advantageous management approach to resolve ischemic priapism, particularly for cases refractory to first-line management. Burnett AL, and Pierorazio PM. Corporal “snake” maneuver: Corporoglanular shunt surgical modification for ischemic priapism. J Sex Med **;**:**–**.