Peyronie’s Disease

What is Peyronie’s disease?

Peyroine’s disease is a rare condition that causes your penis to bend when erect, leading to painful erections. On most occasions, the bend is only slight and barely noticeable. However, there are instances when the bend can reach an angle of 90 degrees.

Besides being aesthetically unattractive, severe Peyronie’s disease can be painful and can also impact your sex life.

Peyronie’s disease is most often mistaken for congenital penile curvature. However, these two conditions are totally different.

  • Congenital penile curvature is a condition you are naturally born with as a male
  • It only noticeable when you are erect
  • While both conditions involve the bending of the penis, Peyronie’s disease is triggered by scar tissue whereas congenital penile curvature isn’t

What causes Peyronie’s disease?

Peyronie’s disease is a form of erectile dysfunction. When you are suffering from ED, you’ll experience a number of symptoms, including not being able to get and maintain an erection.

Besides erectile dysfunction, Peyroine’s disease can also be caused by trauma to the penis, including hitting. When your penis is hit, this can cause severe bleeding which in turn can result in a buildup of scar tissue.

In most cases, however, Peyronie’s disease isn’t caused by a traumatic event.

What are the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease?

  • Penile pain: You may experience mild pain in your penis, either with or without an erection.
  • A visible bend to the penis: Your penis might curve either downward or upward, or even bend toward one side.
  • Erection problems: As Peyronie’s disease is a form of erectile dysfunction, you will likely experience erections issues such as difficulty getting and maintaining an erection. A significant number of men report ED symptoms before the onset of their Peyronie’s disease symptoms.
  • Shortening of the penis: Your penis might get shorter because of the effect of Peyronie’s disease.
  • Scar tissue: The scar tissue associated with this condition, known as plaque, can be felt under the penile skin as lumps of hardened tissue.

What are the risk factors of Peyronie’s disease?

Minor penile injuries don’t usually result in Peyronie’s disease. But certain factors can lead to poor wound healing as well as scar tissue buildup that might play a huge role in Peyronie’s disease. These factors may include:

  • Heredity: If your family has a history of Peyronie’s disease, then you have an increased risk of the condition.
  • Connective tissue disorders: Men who suffer from some type of connective tissue disorder tend to have an increased risk of developing this particular condition. For example, a significant number of Peyronie’s disease patients also tend to have a cordlike thickening across the palm that causes the fingers to pull inward, a condition known as Depuytren’s contracture.
  • Age: Peyronie’s disease can happen to any man regardless of his age. However, the prevalence of the condition tends to increase with age, with men aged 50 and above being at a higher risk.

How is Peyronie’s disease diagnosed in Singapore?

Peyroine’s disease is usually diagnosed through a physical examination of your penis. A scar or a hard lump on your penis can be felt when you are erect.

How is Peyroine’s disease treated in Singapore?

There are several treatment options for Peyronie’s disease, such as:

TreatmentWhat is itPotential side effects
Non-surgical therapyInjection of steroids in your scar tissue and the injection of toxin that works by dissolving collagen.Penile fracture or bleeding
Surgical therapyThis is a straightforward treatment technique that involves the surgical elimination of scar tissue. It can also involve the plication of your penis, which is the stitching up of the opposite side of the location of the bend.Shortening of the penis and damage to penile nerves
Electro shockwave therapy (ESWT)Pulses that effectively destroy the scar tissue, leading to the correction of the penile curvature.

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