Peyronie’s disease

Diagnosing Peyronie's disease

If you have symptoms that are bothering you or think you might have Peyronie's disease, the best thing to do is speak with your doctor. Your doctor might refer you to a urologist or sexual health physician – doctors who specialise in problems related to the penis.

Early diagnosis will allow your doctor to determine the best way to manage your Peyronie’s disease.

Doctors can usually diagnose Peyronie's disease by asking questions about symptoms and performing a physical examination. Lumps caused by Peyronie's plaques can often be seen and felt when the penis is soft.

For the doctor to see how curved your penis is, your penis needs to be erect, so you might be asked to take a photo of your erect penis at home and bring it with you to your consultation. Alternatively, your doctor may induce an erection using medication. This will allow your doctor to measure how much your penis curves, which helps determine the best way to manage your Peyronie’s disease.

Measuring your curve before any treatment will provide a baseline so that you and your doctor can monitor how effective treatments have been by re-assessing the curve during and after treatment.

Your doctor might also recommend you have an x-ray or ultrasound to show the exact location and size of the Peyronie's plaque and to check the blood flow through your penis. These tests will also show if there is any calcification or hardening of the plaque, which is sometimes seen in later stages of Peyronie's disease and could influence the recommendations that the doctor makes regarding the management of your condition.4

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