Peyronie’s disease refers to the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis. This buildup of scar tissue leads to the formation of plaques that build up and harden and hinder flexibility, causing pain and forcing the penis to arch when erect. The penis varies in shape and size, having a curved erection is not necessarily a cause for concern. Peyronie’s disease symptoms, what are the symptoms of this disease and how to notice them.
This disease affects 9% of men, usually over the age of 35 but is not always easily diagnosed. Peyronie’s disease can cause stress, anxiety and depression, related to curvature and significant pain during erections. This limits sexual activity and could make it difficult to get or maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction). Due to the sensitive nature of this disease, many men do not discuss Peyronie’s disease with their friends, family or doctors. This is very inconvenient because the earlier it is diagnosed, the better the chances of getting good results.
Here are six potential signs of Peyronie’s disease you should talk to your doctor about:
Morphological alterations of the penis during erection (eg, it curves when erect).
Penis shortening occurs.
“Hourglass” narrowing of the penis shaft.
Lumps in the penis, i.e. the presence of hardened lesions on palpation.
Pain in the penis (at rest or in erection).
Unfortunately, in some cases Peyronie’s disease is asymptomatic and in any case, the symptoms and the degree to which they occur depend on the size, shape and position of the scar tissue plaques.
Peyronie’s disease is a progressive disease and is characterized by two different phases. From its onset up to about 12 months, the disease is in the so-called acute phase; during which, the size and morphology of the plaques are subject to continuous changes and the symptoms also tend to vary. One year after the onset of the disease, the plaque and symptoms begin to stabilize and, at this point, it will be possible to consider all treatment options.
Peyronie’s disease is treatable, but it is very important to see the specialist at the first signs for an early diagnosis and treatment. The disease, which we have seen develop over a year, is more easily treatable if we intervene in the early stages.
If not treated in time, Peyronie’s disease can lead to:
Pain in the penis during erection.
Pain in the penis at rest.
Inability to penetrate.
Erectile dysfunction (impotence).
Impairment of sexual life.
The importance of recognizing the symptoms and contacting a specialist!
As we have said, it is important to realize that you have a problem to deal with, self-analysis is essentially simple if you self-evaluate these symptoms:
Presence of nodules in the penis on palpation.
Pain during erection and or at rest.
Curvature of the penis during erection.
Narrowing of the shaft of the penis (bottleneck)
The presence of one of these symptoms individually or any combination of them is a wake-up call not to be underestimated because it could mean the presence of Peyronie’s disease.
By consulting an Andrologist in London you will be sure of having a definitive diagnosis, after a thorough medical history and a physical examination. Hard plaques are often felt whether the penis is stiff or not. Diagnostic methods can be used to check the curve of the penis, in some cases dynamic ultrasound can be used; which uses sound waves to obtain an image of the plates and their position. In addition to this, the accumulation of calcium is checked by ultrasound and how the blood flows into the penis is checked.
Peyronie’s disease symptoms and diagnosis of a dysfunction affecting approximately 7-9% of the male population between the ages of 50 and 70. A dysfunction that can cause: penile curvature, painful erections, deformity, loss of penis length or girth and erectile dysfunction. A dysfunction that can be effectively resolved, with a diagnosis from a specialist in Andrology such as Dr. Fabio Castiglione
HolisticAndrology, urology clinic in London, has always been at the forefront to improve the quality of life for all people suffering from Impotence. If you are interested and want more information, do not hesitate to contact us.
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