The Crooked Illness That Is Peyronie’s Disease

normal penis vs peyronies disease
Normal penis vs Peyronies disease
Peyronie’s Disease (also known as induration penis plastica or chronic inflammation of the tunica albuginea) is a disorder that causes the penis to curve or be deformed. The deformation of the penile shaft is caused by the growth and accumulation of fibrous plaques in the tissues that surround the corpora cavernosa (the pair of sponge-like regions inside that penis that is filled with blood and is responsible for erection) called tunica albuginea. 

The exact cause of the formation or growth of these fibrous plaques is still unclear; however, experts suspect that it is caused by injury or trauma inside the penis which causes localized bleeding. Another cause of Peyronie’s Disease would be genetic or a combination of both. 

Peyronie’s Disease, which is estimated to affect 5% of the male population, causes a progressive penile deformity. Overtime, this may cause soft penis due to the inability of the venous cavities to be engorged with blood, which leads to an increasing degree of erectile dysfunction

Although the disease is common among ages between 40 and 60 years old, there has been reports of cases with males as young as 18 and as old as 80. Existing treatments involve medications, physical therapy and surgery. These treatments, however, does not guarantee full recovery from the disease.

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