Peyronie’s disease is the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis, which can cause to varying degrees:
- A curved, painful erection.
- Loss of penile length.
Men's penises vary in shape and size. Having a curved erection is common and isn't necessarily a cause for concern. However, in some men, Peyronie's disease causes a significant bend or pain.
This can prevent a man from having sex or might make it difficult to get or maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction). For many men, Peyronie's disease also causes stress and anxiety.
In a small percentage of men, Peyronie's disease goes away on its own. But in most cases, it will remain stable or worsen. Treatment might be needed if the curvature is severe enough that it prevents successful sexual intercourse.
How common is it?
Peyronie’s disease can affect up to 1in 11 men.
What causes Peyronie’s Disease?
In most cases the cause is unknown although in some men it may occur after injury to the penis during intercourse.
- Watch and wait – in some cases Peyronie’s disease goes away on its own.
- Medication – unfortunately there is no good evidence for the effectiveness of medical management.
- Penile traction device or vacuum device.
- Nesbit’s plication.
- Plaque incision and graft.
- Penile prosthesis.