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Peyronie’s is a condition that causes penile curvature, indentation and loss of length upon erection. The condition is most common among men in their 50s. Unfortunately, Peyronie’s tends to be under-reported because many men ignore or deny the condition, but it’s estimated that 9% to 12% of men over the age of 50 experience some form of the disease.
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In most cases, Peyronie’s disease is a result of inflammation and plaque formed after repeated trauma to the penis, commonly during sexual intercourse. The plaque forms a thick, inflexible scar that can cause the penis to curve upwards, downwards or sideways.
Symptoms may develop slowly or appear overnight and may or may not be painful, including:
Occasionally, milder forms of the disease will occur and resolve spontaneously, without problems.
A physician will perform a complete examination that includes feeling the hardened tissue (sometimes it is necessary to do the exam with the penis erect).
Treatment of Peyronie’s disease depends on the degree of penile curvature, severity of penile shortening and/or narrowing and the presence of erectile dysfunction. Sometimes the patient can delay treatment because the condition may resolve itself, but if not, treatments include: