Curved Penis Syndrome, also called Peyronie's disease, is a deformity of the penis. It appears at the time of erection whilst the appearance of the penis is normal at rest. This distortion is due to the presence of plaque in the penis, and more specifically in the corpora cavernosa, the structures that swell with blood during erection. This curvature causes erectile dysfunction
and sexual disorders. This affects mostly men over the age of 50, and the cause is not clearly identified.
The symptoms of curved penis syndrome classically occur in two phases: in the first, inflammatory pain and inflammation are present, and in the second, lesions become permanent, and no longer evolve. In both cases, we will find:
- a curvature of the penis;
- a reduction in the flexibility of the penis;
- hard areas that are sometimes palpable;
- sexual disorders;
- painful erections;
- overall ill-being.
The diagnosis of the curved penis syndrome is made through a physical examination. The patient will provide pictures of his penis at rest and in erection, or the doctor will inject a drug to invoke an erection. An ultrasound examination will confirm the existence of the plaques.
Depending on the progression of the disease, treatments will differ. In the inflammatory phase, there is hope and the patient should undergo treatment for several months, including anti-inflammatories, vasodilators, colchicine and vitamin E. This treatment is useless during the scarring stage and surgery is sometimes considered in the most troublesome cases with more or less good results.