Peyronie's (say "pay-ruh-NEEZ") disease is a curve in the penis. It is caused by scar tissue. The scar tissue is in the tissue that expands to form an erection. The scar tissue makes the penis less flexible, forcing it to bend during an erection. The scar tissue may be caused by an injury to the penis.
Most men who have this disease are able to stay sexually active.
At first, the most common symptoms are painful erections and a curve in your penis. Later on, the pain may get better or go away completely. But the curve in the penis remains.
The curve is most easily seen during an erection. It may be so severe that intercourse is not possible. Some men may not be able to keep an erection.
The disease rarely gets better on its own. But you usually don't need treatment unless you have painful erections or the disease gets in the way of your sex life.
If pain is a problem or the curve is getting worse, see your doctor. Early treatment may help.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 14, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine
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