Recognising
Peyronie’s disease

Conditions with similar symptoms

Sometimes men experience symptoms that are associated with Peyronie's disease but are actually caused by a different condition, including congenital penile curvature, penile Mondor’s disease and penile fracture.3,5,8 These conditions are not common and may require immediate medical attention. If you experience any symptoms that appear suddenly, it is important you don’t delay in seeking medical advice from your doctor or the nearest hospital emergency room.

It should be noted that it is not unusual for the normal erect penis to be slightly curved. Men with normal erections may have a slight curve in their penis causing it to point upward, downward or to either side. It is not however normal for a curvature to develop suddenly or slowly over time.

Congenital penile curvature (chordee)9

Congenital penile curvature is a condition that is present since birth. Men usually present after reaching puberty as the curvature becomes more apparent with erections. In men with congenital penile curvature, no pain or plaque is present and erectile function is usually normal, but can be compromised by excessive curvature.

Penile fracture10,11

Penile fracture usually results in significant pain, swelling and the immediate loss of erection. Penile fracture is also often accompanied by a ‘click’ or ‘snap’ sound. It is relatively uncommon and requires immediate medical attention.

Mondor’s disease (torn or obstructed dorsal penile vein)12

Mondor’s disease is a rare condition. Symptoms include pain, a rope-like cord on the top of the penis or a vein that appears swollen and red.

Penile cancer

Men with Peyronie's disease may seek advice from a healthcare professional because they are concerned that the signs and symptoms of Peyronie's disease are cancer. The signs of penile cancer vary between individuals and may include:13

  • Changes in the skin of the penis (e.g. reddish rash, open sores that won’t heal, crusty bumps or bluish-brown growths)
  • Wart-like growths or lesions that may or may not be painful
  • Swelling at the end of the penis
  • Persistent, smelly discharge under the foreskin
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the groin

Should you have any concerns or questions about the conditions above or notice any changes in your penis, please speak with your specialist or doctor.

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