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Peyronie’s Disease Pictures

Date Added: October 25, 2007 12:57:37 AM

 

    For the man wanting to more fully comprehend the problem of PD, there is nothing more powerful or informative than seeing Peyronie’s disease pictures for the first time. Anyone who has learned about the infamous Peyronie’s disease fibrous scar nodule that develops after micro-injury within the tunica albuginea of the inner tissue of the penile shaft, has difficulty comprehending how such physical distortion can occur from a small area of fibrous tissue.

    In the early stage of PD there is considerable concern about the small and large physical and functional changes that occur in the penis due to the presence of the PD plaque of fibrous tissue. Men flock to the Internet for valuable information, and graphic Peyronie’s disease pictures, to understand this problem that they had never heard of previously.  Sometimes the Peyronie’s disease pictures are used for comparison and sometimes they are used to learn how serve the penile curve can advance.

    Peyronie’s disease pictures are most shocking. The many detailed and graphic pictures in the gallery of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute website are only offered for educational purposes.  These photographs are not intended to make a non-professional diagnosis of PD, or to take the place of a needed professional examination.  The intent is to encourage anyone who might have PD to seek timely medical attention while calming concerns of those who clearly do not have the condition. Often after viewing these pictures of Peyronie’s disease many men are relieved their own problem is not PD or that a bend that was first thought to be massive is now considered to be small by comparison.

    Besides simple bends and curves, in our collection of Peyronie’s disease pictures can be found bottle-neck, hourglass-like ,collar-like,  deformities of the penis; sometimes there are combinations of these problems in which an hourglass-like deformity is combined with a bend to the side, or up or downward.   The scar tissue found in a PD nodule may result in the penis being limp or soft beyond the nodule, causing total sexual impotency. At an extreme, the erect penis may become so distorted that it takes on a “J” or even a “corkscrew” appearance rendering sexual intercourse impossible and often extremely painful to both partners.  At these extreme physical conditions, the penis is also very vulnerable to further injury since it is already bent and deformed, and weakened because it no longer has the straight lines associated with erection. 

    A brief review of the physical mechanism that causes the penile distortion of PD is in order before viewing these Peyronie’s disease pictures.  
 
    Peyronie’s disease is actually an exaggeration of the normal wound repair process, in which one or more round or irregular and rather flat non-cancerous fibrous scars or plaques develop within the substance of the penile shaft at the tunica albuginea. These PD scars frequently result in pain either during erection or the flaccid state of the penis depending on the degree of distortion, as well as the number, location and size of scar tissue present.  Interestingly, all of this physical problem might not result in any discomfort at all, or at the other extreme, the slightest physical problem can sometimes result in great pain.  With PD it is difficult to predict or explain.

    Imagine a simple child’s balloon that is not yet blown up, with a piece of tape stuck to it. When the balloon is inflated with air, the tape will not allow full expansion of the balloon, resulting in a pulling, bending and distortion. Peyronie’s disease causes a something similar to happen, but from within the penile substance. A normal penis will evenly and symmetrically expand and elongate during erection, with perhaps only slight deviation due to some variation of normal tissue.  But within the penis during Peyronie's disease, the normal elastic chambers and membranes that usually expand symmetrically, are held back and not allowed to fill completely or expand fully during erection due to the presence of the tough and fibrous non-elastic plaque tissue.   Since the fibrous plaque does not expand, a curve or twist is the result.  
 
    Peyronie’s disease can result in mild to severe penile distortion.  Some cases are so mild that they go undetected and are only found during autopsy.  Other PD cases are so severe that sometimes surgery is recommended to reduce painful distortion that occurs. The scar itself can range from just a few millimeters to massive bands and cords that cover large portions of the entire penis from base to head.   Pain, thickened fibrous scar formation and distortion can actually appear overnight or take years to reach their eventual mature state in PD.

    Curvature or angulation can be a gradual and gentle arc or a sharp angle.  Most commonly the distortions can be just a few degrees to around 45°, but can easily be greater.  Those disturbing and damaging deformities can advance well beyond 90º and then are described as “J” and “cane handle.”   Minor bending or angulation of the flaccid or non-erect penis has been reported, but is actually rare. In a few cases of a mild expression of PD, the initial tissue inflammation associated with injury can resolve without significant pain or any permanent deformity. Just as so many aspects of PD are variable, sexual dysfunction can range from mild to severe, and often total impotency is not that uncommon.  Further typical of Peyronie’s disease, the degree of sexual dysfunction is often not related to the degree of sexual distortion – mild distortion can cause severe impotency, and severe distortion sometimes causes almost no erectile problems.  Of course, when the penis is fully erect but severely distorted, sexual intercourse may be impeded merely by the inability to enter the partner.  
 
    These Peyronie’s disease pictures will hopefully make it easier to understand this problem, and aid a decision to seek medical attention.  Once the diagnosis has been made, the Peyronie’s Disease Institute recommends an intense and aggressive plan with multiple
PD therapy methods to support the immune response and improve the ability to heal and self-repair.