Peyronie’s Disease and Abnormally Bent Penis – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options
WHAT IS PEYRONIE’S DISEASE?
Peyronie’s disease consists of hard, fibrous tissue, called plaques, developing within the penile shaft. The plaques are hard, thickened and stiff areas, actually a kind of internal scarring. In this fibroid tissue also calcium compounds can accumulate, making the plaques even harder.
The Peyronie’s disease is also called cavernositis, and also sometimes plastic induration. There is probably a chronic inflammation process that leads to this scarring.
The thickened area has less blood flow than normal penile tissue, and do not fill with blood and swell as the normal spongy areas in the inside of the penis. Therefore the penis swells more at the opposite side, and gets a curvature towards the side containing the plaques when erected.
If the plaques are found at several places, more complex deformations will develop. The abnormal bending, twisting or swelling within the penis, often also lead to painful erections.
Any man from the age of 18 and upwards can develop Peyronie’s disease. The average age of men suffering from Peyronie’s disease is 50.
THE SYMPTOMS AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE CONDITION
The three main characteristics of cavernositis are:
– One or more small hard lumps underneath the skin, or a continuous hard, stiff and thickened area.
– Abnormal bent or crooked penis when erect. All penises have some curvature, but by this disease, the penile bend increases, and one may get a very curved penis. The penis may be bent as a banana or in an angular fashion. The penile bending is most often up, but may be down, to the left side, to right or sloping.
-The bending is usually to the same side as that of the hard thickened area when the penis is erected.
-The hard areas in the erected penis may look like bumps, making the penis irregular.
– Sometimes the penis bends greatly enough to make sexual intercourse difficult, or impossible.
– Pain during erections caused by the pressure from the hard areas in the penis, or from the stretched skin at the opposite side of the penis.
– One may not notice the bend immediately, as it tends to develop over one to three months and later than the hardness and stiffness of the indurations.
– The plastic induration may progress and cause impotence. Sometimes the Peyroni’s disease will clear up by itself, but this may take several years.
THE CAUSES OF PEYRONIE’S DISEASE
The exact cause of the induration is unknown. It’s not a sign of an underlying serious condition, and it is not a sexually transmitted infection. It is possible that the disease can begin with an inflammation in the penile tissue. An inflammation may be caused by an allergic or auto-immune reaction. Although the Peyronie’s disease is not an infection, an initial infection can damage the penile tissue and cause an inflammation that develops into Peyronie’s disease. Men having the inflammatory condition called Systemic Lupus Erytematosus more often get Peyronie’s disease.
Vitamin E deficiency seems to be a contributing factor in causing the disease. Diabetes may cause damage of blood vessels, and if this damage occurs in the erectile bodies of the penis, Peyronie’s disease can develop. Peyronie’s disease is sometimes a side effect of the drug Inderal (propanolol) used against high blood pressure.
Sometimes a physical injury to the penis that causes internal bleeding, or a series of such injuries, is the initial cause. A habit of violent sexual activity may cause such injuries. It is thought that some men may have a genetic disposition to the condition.
Plastic induration of the penis is not a cancer, and cannot cause cancer, however a lump or deformation in your genitals that develops, must be examined.
TREATMENT OF PEYRONIE’S DISEASE
Not all men with Payronie’s disease require treatment. The disease sometimes go away by itself. If the condition is pronounced, it is also difficult to find a remedy that can cure every sign of the disease, but several methods can take away most penis changes associated with Peyronie’s. Here is a survey of treatment methods used today.
Tamoxifen – In its early stages of the disease a medication called Tamoxifen has been shown to prevent the formation of the fibrous plaque by Peyronie’s disease. This drug is also used in the treatment of breast cancer, but the two conditions are not related.
Vitamin E and B – Vitamin E and B is sometimes effective in easing the pain and as a treatment for the penile deformity by Peyronie’s disease.
Verapamil – Verapamil, often used in the treatment of high blood pressure, has been shown to decrease the size of the plaque and decrease the pain when injected directly into the plaque, and thus also improve the penis shape distortion by peyronie’s disease.
Shock wave therapy – Extracorporeal shock wave therapy, or ESWT, a new treatment, is being used in some hospitals for the Peyronie’s disease. Although the initial results of this new approach to treat Peyronie’s disease have been promising, the long-term outcome is still undetermined.
Surgery – This is sometimes considered if Payroni’s disease has lasted for a year or more and it hasn’t progressed or regressed for at least three months. By the Nesbitt procedure one removes tissue opposite to the curve to straighten the penis. Another procedure involves putting a graft or part of a vein within the fibrous plaque to lengthen this area. In certain cases of Pyrenees disease, surgical insertion of a penile prosthesis (implant) is recommended.
Radiation therapy – This treatment modality has been tried, but the results are unpredictable and sometimes the opposite of the intended one.
Traction devices – On the market, you can buy mechanical devices to use on the penis some time daily that gently pull upon the penile tissue to straighten out the penis, and thus mending the penis from the curvature caused by Peyronie’s disease.
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Frequently Asked Questions
what causes fibroid & does it affect fertility.?
before i conceived, i was diagnose of uterus fibroid later after some treatment, i conceived but sometimes i still feel pains during & after menstral period. now i am nursing & does not menstrate is it because of this dianosis?
Fibroids can cause very painful and heavy periods. They very rarely, if ever are cancerous. They can grow to a very large size and can be the reason why a lot of woman have hysterectomies. Sometimes they will strink once menopause sets in, and sometimes they won’t. If your fibroids are causing you trouble and you know for sure you have a fibroid, then see your Gynecologist. With all the medicines available, no woman should have to tolerate extreme pain or heavy bleeding during ‘that time’ of the month.
What are the possible causes of fibroid and what are the possible solution or cure apart from operations?
I don’t think they have a complete idea as to what causes fibroids, although genetics are certainly a component. IMO, cholesterol probably also plays a part.
There are three treatments in addition to surgery. Uterine Arterial embolization is the treatment I had when I had fibroids. It’s not exactly surgery, but not exactly not – I went under twilight sedation (awake, but not able to feel much) and the doctor used a catheter to direct the treatment directly into the area it was needed.
I have never liked the sound of how the medicine that can be used works – it basically starts an artificial menopause.
Finally, HIFU is very new. I haven’t heard from anyone who has used this, but it sounds very promising. I’d like to hear from someone who has used the procedure.
Can a small fibroid cause excessive bleeding during your cycle?
I had a hysteroscopy in Sept and since then I started bleeding heavy at first then went 2 months with only spotting. They removed some polyps but the fibroid was under the lining of my uterus so they left it. It is very small but not my cycles come regularly but I pass huge clots. I can go all day without any blood but around 8pm I pass a huge clot and mess up my clothes. What should I do?
i don’t think so.
what are the causes of fibroid? can one bring fort a child if she has fibroids?
Here is a good articel about what causes fibroids and what they are: http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/fibroidtumors/a/fibroidtumors.htm
Fibroids are very common, and many women with fibroids can get pregnant naturally and give birth. If there are many fibroids, or a large one that may be using up all of the blood supply to the uterus, it could interfere with getting and staying pregnant.
what is the causes of fibroid in pregnancy?
According to an article I recently read at about.com, fibroids are caused by an increase in estrogen. During pregnancy, estrogen levels go up. After pregnancy, the fibroids can decrease in size because the hormone level goes down.
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