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  • Causes and symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease

    The human male reproductive organ like any other part of the anatomy is prone to diseases. Peyronie’s disease is one of them. Visible symptoms of this disease include abnormal curvature of the penis during erection and in severe cases, it causes erectile dysfunction. The aim of this article is to discuss causes of peyronie’s disease, its symptoms and medication for its alleviation.


    Causes of Peyronie’s Disease


    Causes of Peyronie’s disease are at the moment speculative as the true cause hasn’t been accurately diagnosed by medical science, though myriad of reasons have been proposed. The most common is rupturing of blood vessels inside the penis due to injury; the injury could be caused by an accident or during intercourse. Though the blood vessels heal with the passage of time, the blood cells amass at the spot of injury and are
    trapped there. This causes scar tissues to form and hence the characteristic curvature of the penis.

    It’s worth noticing that not all injuries to the penis can be attributed to cause peyronie’s, 10% of the males affected by peyronie’s couldn’t recall any such incident or injury. Genetic inheritance is also one of the causes of peyronie’s disease. Certain genetic characteristics passed down from father to son also determine how predisposed an individual is to peyronie’s disease.

    Peyronie’s disease symptoms have been known to manifest in men who have crossed 40 but in some cases it has been reported in men aged 18 only. It’s a proven fact that advancement in age leaves the penile tissues prone to injury and with the reduced healing factor chances of getting peyronie’s increase.


    Symptoms


    The aforementioned curvature of penis is the most common symptom. Other symptoms include: pain during erection, intercourse or when the penis is touched; presence of thick bloated vein like lesions on the side of the penis. Since peyronie’s causes the penis to bend, a very visible symptom is the shortening of penis length and girth.


    Medication


    Although there are many orally administered pills and tablets available in the market for alleviation of peyronie’s disease, the results have been less than conclusive. Most of peyronie’s patients opt for surgical treatment which is known to be more effective. But before opting for surgery, a few facts should be taken into consideration such as:


    · Peyronie’s subsides in about 13% of the patients, who make a gradual recovery.


    · Even with peyronie’s, most patients have the ability to have intercourse and go about their daily
    lives, provided if there’s no pain.


    · If a patient continues to have pain and curvature which causes anxiety and inability to have sex,
    then surgical procedure for correction should be considered.


    Surgery


    Surgical corrective measure for peyronie’s includes:


    · Penile implants


    · A European remedy named Leriche technique
    Penile Implants


    This form of surgery is very invasive and recommended for patients who experience erectile dysfunction. The surgery replaces the faulty spongy tissues responsible for erection with penile implants. These implants can be manually bent down and raised upwards for intercourse.


    Leriche Technique


    This surgery involves making incisions to the bloated vein like lesions using a needle. This procedure has proven to be a success in majority of the cases and reduces bending of the penis. As with all diseases, recognizing the symptoms of peyronie’s and consulting your physician at the right time can have a significant impact on the treatment and recovery.