Curvature of the penis

Alternative Names

Peyronie’s disease

Definition of Curvature of the penis

Curvature of the penis is an abnormal bend in the penis that occurs during erection. It is also called Peyronie’s disease.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

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

Symptoms

You or your doctor may notice an abnormal hardening of the tissue below the skin, in one area along the shaft of the penis.

Signs and tests

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.

Treatment

At first, you may not need treatment. Some or all of the symptoms may improve over time or may not get worse.

Expectations (prognosis)

The condition can get worse and make it impossible for you to have intercourse. Impotence can also occur.

Review

Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 9/3/2010

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