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On Call: Peyronie's disease

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Peyronie's disease

Q. I have an embarrassing problem. Over the past year or so, my erections seem to have become crooked. My sex life is fine, but I want to know if it's a serious problem and if I should see a doctor.

A. It sounds like you have Peyronie's disease, a problem that produces symptoms in about 1% of men, usually between 45 and 60 years of age. Although its cause is unknown, Peyronie's disease is thought to develop from trauma or inflammation in the tunica albuginea. The result is a plaque of scar tissue in this otherwise thin structure that supports and surrounds the corpora cavernosa, the spongy tissue that fills with blood to produce an erection.

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