Background Peyronie's disease (PD) is an acquired inflammatory condition of the corpus cavernosum of unknown aetiology. This can lead to formation of a plaque within the tunica albuginea of the penis leading to curvature and pain of the erect penis and erectile dysfunction. Medical treatment options are with colchicine or pentoxifyline.
Aim To characterise the patients who were seen between 1998 and 2011 with a diagnosis of PD.
Method Retrospective case notes review of 18 identified cases with history and signs consistent with PD.
Results The mean age of the 18 patients was 42 (range 20–63); six were Caucasians, six were from Indian subcontinent, five Africans and one Caribbean. All except one gave a history of change in penis shape during erection: six had upward curvature, seven bent to the left, one to the right, two had shortening of penis/distal flaccidity and one had no change. Seven had pain on erection, 10 had history of a penile lump, five had erectile dysfunction and two had difficulty in penetration. The mean duration of symptoms before presentation to the clinician was 64.1 months (range 3 weeks to 264 months), none had a history of penile trauma, intracavernosal injection or Dupuytren's contracture. Of four who had an ultrasound scan of the penis, two were confirmed to have lumps consistent with PD. Of 12 who had primary treatment with colchicine for 2–12 months; three showed improvement in symptoms, three no change and six unknown outcome. Of two who had primary treatment with pentoxifyline for 1–11 months one showed improvement in symptoms and one unknown. Of three who failed to respond to colchicine and were then treated with pentoxifyline, a further one showed improvement.
Conclusion (1). 28% of cases had ED. (2). Overall, 33% of the patients had symptomatic improvement with treatment and none had worsened post treatment which is consistent with the findings of other studies.