What is peyronie’s disease
Peyronie’s disease is an inflammatory condition of the penis which causes scar tissue to form inside the shaft. The scar tissue causes an abnormal curvature of the penile shaft.
Penises vary in shape and size, and having a curved erection isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. But Peyronie’s disease causes a significant bend or pain in some men. Peyronie’s disease can make sexual intercourse painful, difficult, or impossible. In extreme cases, scar tissue may cause shrinkage or shortening of the penis.
The main symptom of Peyronie’s disease is the formation of flat scar tissue underneath the skin of the penis. The scars, called plaques, can feel like lumps to the touch. The scarring limits blood flow and in some cases, the penis cannot stay erect beyond the location of the plaques.
Peyronie’s disease is most prevalent in men between 40 and 70 years of age. Though it can affect younger men, the occurrence is rarer.