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What happens with Peyronie's disease?

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Some men have a mild curve in the penis due to their anatomy. But others have Peyronie's disease, where scar tissue in the penis causes it to bend during erections. It usually bends up, though any direction is possible. The bend can be mild or severe -- as much as 90 degrees or more. No one knows for sure how many men have Peyronie's disease, but experts think the number is probably between 5% and 10%. It’s more common in men over 40.

SOURCES:

Ryan Berglund, MD, assistant professor of surgery, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic.

Columbia University Medical Center: "Sexual Function and Infertility - Peyronie's Disease."

Press release, FDA.

Gelbard, M. , 2013. Journal of Urology

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Peyronie's Disease Questionnaire."

Medscape: "Peyronie Disease."

Drogo Montague, MD, director, Center for Genitourinary Construction, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic.

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC): "Peyronie’s Disease."

Urology Care Foundation: "Peyronie’s Disease."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Ryan Berglund, MD, assistant professor of surgery, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic.

Columbia University Medical Center: "Sexual Function and Infertility - Peyronie's Disease."

Press release, FDA.

Gelbard, M. , 2013. Journal of Urology

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Peyronie's Disease Questionnaire."

Medscape: "Peyronie Disease."

Drogo Montague, MD, director, Center for Genitourinary Construction, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic.

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC): "Peyronie’s Disease."

Urology Care Foundation: "Peyronie’s Disease."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 13, 2018

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