Peyronies disease

What is Peyronies disease?

Peyronie’s disease (PD) is a connective tissue disorder which can result in penile deformity such as penile curvature and shortening. Plaques (segments of flat scar tissue) form under the skin of the penis. These plaques can cause the penis to bend or become indented during erections. The plaques can often, but not always, be felt through the skin and may cause pain. It can be caused by trauma, you may of heard people talk about a "broken penis" that when healed had a deformity, or it can occur for no obvious reason. A definitive reason why this occurs when no trauma is involved is not available, but theories include loss of spontaneous erection and therefore atrophy and scaring of the penis tissues may be the cause or that it is a genetic condition. Most likely one of all these cause Peyronies. The important thing to know is treatment is available so seek help from an NP or Dr/GP with knowledge in this area. Treatments range from exercise (with a pump), oral medication to surgery depending on severity and stage that the person presents with the disease. Often a referral to a urologist is required. The important thing to note is that the earlier you seek help, the better the outcome.

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How common is it?

The prevalence of diagnosed PD has been estimated to be 0.5% in adult males. PD is thought to happen in about 6 out of 100 men between the ages of 40 and 70. It’s rare in young men but has been seen in men in their 30's. The incidence of PD increases after prostate cancer treatment, however studies vary in statistics. It is important to note that penile rehabilitation programs can reduce the risk post prostate cancer treatment.

The number of cases may be higher than the estimates because many men may be embarrassed and choose not to see their health care provider.

Diagnosis

Peyronies Disease diagnosis is based on medical history, symptomatology and identification of penile plaque by palpation. In some instances, imaging (penile duplex ultrasound) can also be used to identify the site and characteristics of the plaque and to guide treatment.

Symptoms

Other signs that you may have Peyronie’s disease are:

  • Bent/curved penis/wine glass
  • Lumps in the penis
  • Painful erections
  • Soft erections
  • Having trouble with sex because of a bent/curved penis
Causes

Peyronie’s disease is likely caused by:

  • Minor injury to the penis
  • Loss of spontaneous nocturnal erections
  • Genetic factors
  • Health issues such as high blood sugar levels, tobacco use, or past pelvic trauma may also lead to wound healing problems and hence may contribute to Peyronie’s disease development
  • Prostate cancer treatments
There are solutions!

Peyronie’s disease can reduce your quality of life. Over 75 out of 100 men with Peyronie’s disease are stressed and depressed because of it. Unfortunately, many men with Peyronie’s disease are often embarrassed and choose to suffer in silence rather than get help. Help is available. Don't let this be you and ask for help now!

Treatments include:
  • Oral medications
  • Vacuum devices
  • Ultrasound treatment
  • Shockwave therapies
  • Surgical treatments

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