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My erections seem shorter than normal; the penis seems more slender and the head of the penis never gets hard or firm. I assumed I had Peyronie’s disease, but the doctor said there was no hard spot which apparently is typical. I am wondering if there could be another cause such as low testosterone.

Dr. Levine answers:The scenario that you describe may be due to a diffuse scarring disorder involving the outer jacket of the penis, known as the tunica albuginea. Or it may involve the septum between the two erectile cylinders of the penis. Septal lesions are not so well

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As a spouse of a PD patient, what is the best way to approach the “inadequate” mental state my husband experiences — ignore, encourage, be candid, recommend medical treatment?

This is a very important question and I am delighted that you are concerned enough to address it in this website. Peyronie’s disease has been known for many years, but has recently been demonstrated in a proper trial to result in significant depression in the affected male.

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When I get an erection, on the left side of my penis there are 2 very visible band or lumps that are palpable, less than 3 cm, that appear to be in the erectile tissue, that span across the left side of the shaft which become bigger and harder when I get an erection and smaller as I am flaccid though still being visible. Sometimes they ache especially when I get an erection and touch them but the pain subsides when flaccid. They are sometimes very hard almost like they are calcified when erect. My physician said this was scar tissue and could be removed with surgery. I have no bend. Is it possible to see the plaques that are present in Peyronie’s disease? Could this be Peyronie’s disease?

Dr. Levine answers: This is an unusual presentation, but it does sound that your situation is consistent with Peyronie’s disease. Peyronie’s disease results in scarring of the jacket tissue of the penis known as the tunica albuginea. The scars which are also known as plaques are palpable

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Are there any foods or drinks (coffee, tea, alcohol) that PD sufferers should eliminate? Are there any food or drinks known to help the condition?

At this time, there are no recognized foods or beverages that may trigger Peyronie’s disease or that can improve the condition. Although several drugs have historically been suggested to cause Peyronie’s disease, including beta blockers, such as propranolol or possibly Dilantin, a treatment for seizure disorder, none

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I’m 56 and was diagnosed with PD 9 years ago. I am diabetic, and was also diagnosed with Dupuytren’s contracture. In the last few years, my erections have really shrunk. I used to have about a 6-inch erection now my erections are about the size of my thumb (both in length and thickness). My wife and I haven’t had sex in about 6 years and I can’t even discuss this with her. Over the last 13 months I have added Plavix, Toprol XL, and Zocor to the insulin I take. Is there anything that can help me or is there something else coming along in the next year or two?

You clearly have an advanced problem with fibrotic disorders including the Peyronie’s disease and Dupuytren’s contracture. The PD is likely causing the loss of elasticity of the penis and subsequent loss of length and girth. It is also likely that the combination of diabetes, elevated blood pressure,

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I have detected hard rings on my penis which are felt only during an erection. Peyronie’s disease has not been diagnosed. Can I stop any further deterioration since finding this early? What signs should I look for if this is indeed PD?

What you describe may be a variant of Peyronie’s disease, but to make the diagnosis the penis is typically evaluated in the flaccid condition, the glans is pulled out to stretch the penis and then the shaft can be palpated to identify the fibrotic scar tissue known

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