Men may notice various parts of their body, but none tend to be scrutinized as much as the penis. For years, men whose penis is not perfectly straight when erect have wondered what is wrong with their anatomy. Ultimately, it is normal for the erect penis to curve slightly or lean subtly to the right or left. When we start to take notice is when the curvature is apparent or uncomfortable. This could indicate a condition referred to as Peyronie’s Disease.
What Exactly is Peyronie’s Disease?
Peyronie’s disease is more than a penile curvature; it is a condition that results from plaque or scar tissue that has formed in the soft tissue of the penile shaft. The problem is more often diagnosed in men aged 40 to 70 but can occur in younger men, as well. At this time, it is also suspected that many cases of Peyronie’s disease go unreported.
The plaque accumulation that causes penile curvature differs from the plaque buildup that affects a person’s heart health. This plaque is not indicative of cancer or sexually transmitted disease. In the instance of Peyronie’s disease, plaque develops in the tunica albuginea, the thick, elastic membrane that facilitates erection.
While Peyronie’s disease is often diagnosed in older men, the initial cause of plaque or scar tissue formation may occur long before symptoms appear. Most research suggests that penile curvature originates with an injury to the penis. The penis does not have to be erect at the time of injury; many cases relate to physical trauma during sports.
How to Identify Peyronie’s Disease
A prominent curve in the erect penis may be a telltale sign of Peyronie’s disease, but there are other clues men shouldn’t ignore. These include:
- A hard lump or area of thick tissue on the penile shaft
- An hourglass penis shape
- Erectile dysfunction
- Pain during erection or sexual intercourse
- Loss of penile length or girth
Treating Peyronie’s Disease
If symptoms of Peyronie’s disease occur, a consultation and examination with a board-certified urologist should be scheduled. The sooner that an accurate diagnosis is made, the better a patient may respond to non-surgical treatments. One method of treating this condition is to anesthetize the penis and then inject the area where plaque has formed with a pharmaceutical drug that dissolves accumulation. In more severe cases, a prosthesis or surgical procedure may be recommended.
Peyronie’s disease is not something to tackle on your own. For more information on treatment options, call our Plano office at (972) 403-5425.This entry was posted in Peyronie’s Disease. Bookmark the permalink.
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