Peyronie’s Disease: Risk Factors and Symptoms

Peyronie’s disease is a disorder where the plaque, or the scar tissue, is formed under the skin of the penis and causes curved, painful erections. Having this disease can prevent you or make it difficult for you to maintain an erection. This condition rarely goes away on its own so it is better to seek early treatment to prevent it from worsening.

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Peyronie’s disease occurs in two phases: acute phase and chronic phase.

In the acute phase, the plaque that forms can last up to 18 months. And during this phase:

  • inflammation can occur and plaque forms on your penis
  • your penis starts to curve and it can hurt even without an erection
  • your erection can also become more painful when scars develop

In the chronic phase, the plaque has already formed. Usually, this phase occurs 12 to 18 months after your symptoms manifest. And during this phase:

  • the pain in your penis is less
  • plaque and penile curvature may have stabilized and won’t get worse anymore
  • during this phase, erectile dysfunction may develop or may become worse

About 1 in every 100 men in the United States that are over 18 have been diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease. But the risk of developing this disease can increase as you age. You could also be at higher risk of developing Peyronie’s disease if:

  • you are engaging in a rigorous sexual activity that can cause injuries to your penis
  • you have connective tissue and/or autoimmune disorders, such as systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren’s syndrome
  • you have diabetes
  • you have erectile dysfunction
  • you have a family history of Peyronie’s disease
  • you have a history of prostate cancer treatment

Signs and symptoms for Peyronie’s disease may appear suddenly or gradually, but the most common symptoms can include:

  • scar tissue – the scar tissue, called plaque, is noticeable under the skin of the penis. It can be felt as a lump
  • an obvious bend in your penis – your penis has a curvature or bend upward, downward, or from one side
  • problems with erection – this condition can cause problems in getting or maintaining an erection. But in most cases, erectile dysfunction happens even before symptoms of Peyronie’s disease happen
  • shortening of the penis – as a result of Peyronie’s disease, your penis can become shorter
  • penile pain – you might have pain in your penis, with or without an erection
  • penile deformity – with this condition, you might notice some kind of deformity in your penis. The erect penis might have a narrowing, indentations with a narrow band around the shaft, or even an appearance that almost looks like an hourglass

Penises can vary in size and shape, and having a curved erection usually doesn’t cause a problem, but if you have Peyronie disease it can cause a significant bend and pain. See your urologist if you notice signs and symptoms of Peyronie’s disease because early treatment usually gives you better chances of improving your condition.

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