What is Peyronie's Disease?
Dr. Steinberg is a recognized expert in treating Peyronie's disease, a condition of the connective tissue of the penis that causes abnormal growth of scar tissue, called plaque, along the length of the corpora cavernosa, the erectile muscular bodies within the penis. Plaque on the top side of the shaft, which is most common, causes the penis to bend upward; a plaque on the underside causes it to bend downward. In some cases, the plaque develops on both top and bottom, leading to indentation and shortening of the penis. In many cases, men with Peyronie’s disease find it difficult or impossible to have sex because of pain or due to the curvature of the penis.
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What causes Peyronie's Disease?
In some cases, severe trauma to the erect penis can lead to a small tear or injury in the membrane surrounding the erectile bodies of the penis. However, many cases of Peyronie’s disease are not associated with a specific traumatic episode but may occur due to microtrauma from routine activity. Men may be more likely to develop Peyronie’s if they have a family member with Peyronie’s disease. Men who develop scar-like tissue elsewhere in the body, such as keloids and men who have other autoimmune disorders may be more likely to develop the environment necessary to develop Peyronie’s. General health problems such as diabetes and high cholesterol are thought to contribute to Peyronie’s, although this is not always the case.
What are the symptoms of Peyronie's Disease?
- Abnormal curvature of the penis
- Loss of girth or shortening of the penis
- Painful erections
- Indentation of the penis
- Difficulty with intercourse
- Discomfort for your partner
How is Peyronie's Disease Diagnosed?
The workup for all patients with Peyronie’s disease involves a history and physical exam. In some cases, Peyronie’s disease is minor and does not interfere with sexual function. However, If there are other symptoms, or if Peyronie’s disease interferes with sexual function, we may check blood labs to identify an underlying problem, such as low testosterone. In the absence of bothersome or concerning signs and symptoms, men may not require further workup or treatment.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease, contact Dr. Steinberg at his Milford office at 508-473-6333 to schedule an evaluation and discuss treatment options.
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