- Jun 3, 2003
Peyronies Disease - Men with Peyronies Disease generally seek medical attention for pain or bending of the penis during erection, which results from inflammation and scarring in a particular part of the male anatomy known as the tunica albuginea.
Francois de la Peyronie, surgeon to Louis XIV of France, first described treatment for this Peyronies disease in 1743.
Peyronies disease is most commonly acquired at about age 55. A man can be born with curvature of the penis, though this is not Peyronies disease.
Peyronies disease severity varies - only a minority of the men afflicted with Peyronies diseasem are unable to engage sexually. Through an effect on the erection mechanism Peyronies disease can reduce rigidity (hardness), but it rarely causes impotence.
Peyronies disease is somewhat uncommon, only affecting somewhere between one and three men in a hundred.
In addition to producing curvature, Peyronies disease may change the shape of the erection in other ways: indentation, diameter reduction, or loss of length .
Peyronies disease can have a strong psychological impact.
Some cases of Peyronies disease are mild, healing without treatment within a year of onset. Most cases of Peyronies disease produce at least some degree of persistant curvature.
A noticeable lump, or plaque within the penis is commonly detected in Peyronies disease. Contrary to prevalent anxieties, it is noncancerous, and unrelated to cholesterol – containing arterial plaque.
Peyronies disease can run in families, though most cases do not appear to be hereditary.
Peyronies disease is not associated with serious internal disorders. 10 –20% of men develop scarring of either the hands (Dupuytren’s contractures) or of the feet.
The goal of Peyronies disease therapy is to maintain sexual function. In some cases, education about the disease and reassurance is all that is required. Rarely in Peyronies disease, when long-term deformity prevents intercourse, surgery is recommended.