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Peyronie’s disease is characterized by the formation of hardened tissue (fibrosis) in the penis that causes pain, curvature, and distortion, usually during erection.
Scar tissue or plaque that develops on the top of the penis will cause the penis to bend upward. Plaque on the underside of your penis will cause it to bend downward. Sometimes scar tissue occurs on both sides of the penis, causing an indentation or “bottleneck.”
Doctors and researchers don’t completely understand what causes Peyronie’s disease. A number of theories exist, including:
Although injury to the penis may explain sudden (acute) cases of Peyronie’s disease, cases that develop slowly or disappear quickly with no apparent trauma to the penis remain unexplained.
The signs and symptoms of Peyronie’s disease may appear overnight or develop more slowly. These may include:
In many cases, pain caused by Peyronie’s disease may decrease after a short period of time. However, the curvature may persist even if the pain subsides.