Peyronie’s disease is a condition that develops when fibrous scar tissue grows inside the penis. When the penis becomes erect, the scar tissue won’t stretch like normal tissue, which leads to the symptoms of this condition. In some men, this condition will go away on its own in time. However, other men with Peyronie’s disease will need professional treatment.
Doctors believe that several different factors play a role in the development of Peyronie’s disease. Many men develop this condition after experiencing trauma to the penis during an accident, athletic activity, or sex. As the penis heals, scar tissue forms, which may lead to a curvature or a nodule. Other men develop this condition without any history of trauma.
Some of the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease may include:
Every man’s penis is different, and curved erections don’t always indicate Peyronie’s disease. However, if other symptoms are present, men should seek treatment.
The doctors at Urology Associates Medical Group will usually suspect the presence of Peyronie’s disease based on the patient’s description of his symptoms. To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor may perform a physical examination of the penis when it isn’t erect to look for scar tissue. The doctor may also order an ultrasound of the penis to look for scar tissue or other abnormalities.
Some men with Peyronie’s disease may benefit from medications designed to reduce pain and plaque formation. However, if the condition is severe, the doctors at Urology Associates Medical Group may recommend surgical treatment. Several different surgical procedures exist to treat this disorder. Each of these procedures offers different advantages and disadvantages. The doctor will explain each of these options in detail so that patients can make the right choice.
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