What is Peyronie’s Disease?
Peyronie’s, also known as Induratio Penis Plastica, is a disease that leads to the formation of scar tissue plaque on a man’s penis. It affects around 9% of the male population and can appear at any age, although the prevalence is higher in men older than 35 years of age.
In most cases, men suffering from Peyronie’s disease will notice a lump on their penis and/or that their penis is curved when erect. In addition to the lump and the penile curvature, other concomitant signs of Peyronie’s disease are penile pain and the onset of erectile dysfunction as well as loss of erect penis length and girth. In a number of cases, Peyronie’s disease is asymptomatic and will go un-noticed by patients. The most common symptoms are summarised below:
- Lump on the penis
- Penile curvature, sometimes as severe as 90 degrees
- Penile pain
- Loss of erect penis length and girth
- Onset of erectile dysfunction
Whether any of the above symptoms are present depends entirely on the size, shape and location of scar tissue plaque. Some patients with very large plaque affected areas may have no symptoms at all and others with very small ones, may develop severe symptoms.
Unfortunately, most patients suffering from Peyronie’s report that the disease has a significant impact on their quality of life and 1 in 2 patients report severe psychological distress and even depression.
Despite the severity of the condition and the detrimental effect it usually has on patients, all cases of Peyronie’s disease are treatable and all patients can regain a healthy sexual life as long as appropriate treatment by experienced doctors is sought and administered.
I am suffering from a what I suspect is Peyronies disease, what should I do next?
If you believe you are suffering from Peyronies and it causes you significant concern we advise you to see a specialist urologist/andrologist.
Our doctors have vast experience treating Peyronies and our clinic is an international referral centre for patients suffering from this condition. We would be happy to review your case and treat you in our clinic.