Peyronie’s Disease (Penile Curvature)

Definition

Peyronie’s disease (also known as indurations plastica penis) is an acquired inflammatory condition of the penis. The principle manifestation of Peyronie’s disease is the formation of a plaque (a segment of flat scar tissue) within the tissues of the penis. This plaque can usually be felt through the penile skin. This plaque is not a tumor but it may lead to serious problems such as curved and/or painful erections.

Risk Factors

Unfortunately, there is no ability to control what increases your risk of getting Peyronie’s Disease.  There are multiple factors that can affect your chances of having this disease including:

  • Family history
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Age

Symptoms

There are multiple symptoms that may indicate you have Peyronie’s Disease including:

  • Scar tissue
  • A significant bend to the penis
  • Erection problems
  • Shortening of the penis
  • pain

Diagnosis

This disease can affect your quality of life so it is important to go see a doctor if you think you might have it.  There are a few ways that doctors could diagnose Peyronie’s Disease including:

  • physical exam
  • injection and examination of the penis
  • ultrasound

Treatment

There are several different ways that Peyronie’s Disease can be treated including oral drugs, penile injections, and for very serious cases, surgery.  Your doctor will be able to provide you with more information about each form of treatment, and help you decide which one will be right for you.

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