What is Peyronie’s disease?
Peyronie's disease is an inflammatory condition that is characterised by the formation of a fibrous plaque in the tissues of a thick, elastic membrane in the penis called the tunica albuginea. The hardened area, or plaque, prevents normal expansion during an erection, which causes curvature and retraction of the penis. Men affected by Peyronie's disease may have problems performing successful sexual intercourse, and in some cases may suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Symptoms of Peyronie's disease can appear abruptly or gradually. The main symptom is a flat formation of scar tissue which can be felt through the skin of the penis. It usually appears in the upper part of the penis, but it can also appear in the lower and/or lateral areas. Abnormal curvature of the penis is among the most common symptoms. In some cases, the erect penis may display narrowing, indentations or an hourglass shape due to a tight and constrictive band around the shaft. Problems with erections and pain in the penis, both during erections and when flaccid, are also common.