Peyronie's Disease

What is Peyronie's Disease?

Curvature of the penis is an abnormal bend in the penis that occurs during erection.

What causes Peyronie's Disease?

In Peyronie's disease, fibrous scar tissue develops under the skin of the penis. The cause of this fibrous tissue is not known.

What are the symptoms of Peyronie's Disease?

  • Bend in the penis with erection
  • Narrowing of the penis with erection
  • Painful erection
  • Problems with penetration or pain during intercourse

How is Peyronie's Disease treated?

Treatments may include:

  • Corticosteroid injections into the fibrous band of tissue
  • Potaba (a medicine taken by mouth)
  • Radiation therapy
  • Shock wave lithotripsy
  • Verapamil (a medicine used to treat high blood pressure)
  • Vitamin E

If medicine and lithotripsy do not help, and you are unable to have intercourse because of the curve of the penis, surgery may be done to correct the problem. However, surgery carries a risk of impotence. It should only be done if intercourse is impossible.

Tests & diagnosis

The health care provider can diagnose curvature of the penis with a physical examination. The hard plaques can be felt with or without an erection.

The doctor may use injected medications to cause an erection. Or you may provide your health care provider with pictures of the erect penis for evaluation.

An ultrasound may show the scar tissue in the penis, but it is not necessary.