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Peyronie disease

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* Not a rare disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Penile curvature
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Overview

Peyronie disease is a connective tissue disorder characterized by a plaque, or hard lump, that forms within the penis.[1] Affected individuals may experience painful, curved erections which can make make normal sexual intercourse impossible. Symptoms may appear suddenly or develop gradually.[2][3] While the painful erections for most men resolve over time, the scar tissue and curvature may remain.[3] Some cases appear to resolve spontaneously.[2][3] The exact cause of Peyronie's disease is not known.[1][2]
Last updated: 11/23/2011

References

  1. Peyronie's Disease. National Kidney & Urologic Diseases. September 2010; http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/peyronie/. Accessed 11/23/2011.
  2. Hellstrom WJ. Peyronie's Disease. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2009; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/488/viewAbstract. Accessed 11/23/2011.
  3. Peyronie's disease. MayoClinic.com. August 2011; http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/peyronies-disease/DS00427/METHOD=print. Accessed 11/23/2011.
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  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Penile curvature
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