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Penile Curvature (Peyronie’s Disease)

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

Peyronie’s disease 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.

Peyronie’s disease 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.

How is Peyronie’s disease diagnosed?

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 can diagnose Peyronie’s disease, including:

  • A physical exam.
  • Injection and examination of the penis.
  • Ultrasound.

How is Peyronie’s disease treated?

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.