Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s disease is a condition where the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis causes penile curvature and painful erections. In many cases, the curvature can be so severe that it prevents intercourse and causes erectile dysfunction. In addition, many men suffer severe anxiety and stress from this condition as well as may have difficulty fathering children.

Symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease

Symptoms of Peyronie’s disease include:

  • Scar tissue buildup
  • Curvature of the penis
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Shortening of the penis
  • Penile pain

Risk Factors of Peyronie’s Disease

Risk factors of Peyronie’s disease include:

  • Family history of Peyronie’s disease
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Increased age (especially over 55)

Diagnosing Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s disease is typically diagnosed by a physical exam. Rarely are other tests needed.

Treating Peyronie’s Disease

Treatment for Peyronie’s disease ranges from watchful waiting to medical management to surgery. The treatment chosen by your physician depends on the severity of your condition.

Treatment options include:

If the penile curvature is stable and not severe and the patient is still able to obtain good erections without pain, then watchful waiting may be recommended.

Plaque injections with XiaFlex can, in many cases, be successful for treating Peyronie’s disease.

An outpatient surgical procedure is commonly performed to straighten the penis.