Morbus Peyronie, also known as Peyronie’s disease, is a condition where scar tissue (plaque) forms inside the penis, leading to curvature, pain, and difficulty with erections. It typically develops gradually and can affect men of all ages, but is most common in men over 40.
The exact cause of Peyronie’s disease is not fully understood, but it is thought to be related to an injury or trauma to the penis, genetic factors, or underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or connective tissue disorders.
Symptoms of Peyronie’s disease may include:
- curvature of the penis during erections, which can be mild or severe,
- pain or discomfort during erections or during sexual activity,
- shortening of the penis,
- difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection.
Treatment options for Peyronie’s disease depend on the severity of the condition and the impact it has on sexual function.
Some common treatments include:
- medications such as collagenase clostridium histolyticum (CCH) or pentoxifylline,
- injections of medication directly into the plaque,
- extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT),
- surgery or penile implants,
- counseling or therapy to address psychological factors.
It is important to talk to a healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms of Peyronie’s disease, as it can affect sexual function and quality of life.