Penile Pain Causes and Symptoms
Penile pain may be caused by:
- STDs with symptoms of burning, itching, painful urination, discharge, or
blood in the urine
- Infections or inflammation such as balantis
- Persistent erection (priapism)
- Peyronie's disease
Peyronie's disease facts
- Peyronie's disease is the development of scar tissue inside the penis that
results in abnormal curvature of the penis.
- The exact cause of Peyronie's disease is not known; however, research has
suggested these agents as possible causes of plaque or scar formation in the
- Some of the symptoms of Peyronie's disease include:
- Peyronie's disease is diagnosed by physical examination of the penis that
shows abnormal curvature and plaque/scar formation that may be palpated.
- There is no cure for Peyronie's disease; however, symptoms can be treated
with vitamins, supplements, and other medications.
- Complications of the disease include pain with intercourse, inability to have
intercourse, erectile dysfunction, depression and a permanent abnormal
angulation of the penis
- The prognosis of Peyronie's disease varies from good to poor, depending on
the individual's response to treatments
What is Peyronie's disease?
Peyronie's disease (also termed Peyronie disease) is the development of scar
tissue inside the penis that causes the penis to develop abnormal curvature
(contracture) in the scarred area. The disease may occur in about 1% to 8% of men,
most frequently in men aged about 40 to 70 years old. The disease also may occur
more frequently with men that develop:
It occasionally can occur
in younger men.
What causes Peyronie's disease?
The exact cause of Peyronie's disease is not known. However, whatever can
cause plaque or scar formation in the penile shaft is a likely causal candidate.
Researchers have suggested several possible agents such as vitamin E deficiency,
beta-blocking medications, elevations in serotonin, and
genetic causes. Some
researchers think that minor vascular traumas to the penis (during sex, athletic
or exercise endeavors) that may reoccur over time may lead to scar formation. None
of these possible agents or processes is proven to be the cause to date.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/19/2015