The authors present a case of a 24-year-old, poorly controlled insulin-dependent type 1 diabetic Caucasian man who presented to the emergency department, with a painful erection of 36 h duration that had failed to resolve with conservative management. This was the patient's seventh priapism, with his most recent attendance 1 week previously for which he underwent a distal cavernosal shunt. He admitted to taking several recreational drugs, including marijuana and cocaine, during the preceding few days, in addition to the long-term use of the oral anabolic steroid oxandrolone. He had no family history of sickle cell disease or trait. On examination, a tensely erect penis was noted. A diagnosis of stuttering priapism was made and 750 mL of blood subsequently drained via a distal corporoglandular shunt resulting in successful detumescence.