Peyronie's disease, also known as penile curvature, causes a man's penis to curve or bend.
The disease was named after a French surgeon named Francois Gigot de la Peyronie who described the condition in 1743.
About 6% of men between 40 and 70 years of age are thought to be affected by the disease. However, the true percentage may be higher because men are often too embarrassed to seek out help.
Peyronie's disease happens when scar tissue called plaque forms under the skin of the penis. It is vital to know, this plaque is not the same kind of plaque that can build up in a person's arteries.
Peyronie's disease can make sex difficult, painful or even impossible.
Signs of Peyronie's disease can include hard lumps on one or more sides of the penis, soft or painful erections and trouble having sex. Men may also notice that their penis has shrunk or gotten shorter.
Peyronie's disease is not contagious. While the exact causes are not clear, experts believe the disease may result from an acute (short term) injury to the penis, repeated injury to the penis or from autoimmune disease.
Peyronie's is diagnosed by a urologist based on clinical history and physical exam.
Treatment options may include oral medications, penile injections, and surgery.
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