The sooner that someone with, or who suspects they have Peyronie’s disease, sees a doctor the better the chances for a good outcome.
Here are some potential signs of Peyronie’s disease that you should seek advice about:
- The penis curves when erect
- There is a shortening of the penis
- Narrowing or “hour glass” on the shaft of the penis
- Lumps in the penis
- Painful erections or pain during sex
- Unexpected soft erections
A physical exam by a doctor or other consultant is often sufficient to identify the presence of scar tissue in the penis, allowing the diagnose of Peyronie’s disease. On occasion, other conditions cause similar symptoms and these need to be ruled out.
During a physical exam a doctor will feel your penis when it’s not erect. This is so that the location and amount of scar tissue can be found. The doctor might also measure the length of your penis. This initial measurement helps determine whether the penis has shortened if the condition continues to worsen.
Other tests. Your doctor might undertake an ultrasound or other tests to examine your penis when it’s erect.
An ultrasound is the most commonly used test for penis abnormalities as the sound waves are able to produce images of soft tissues and show the presence of scar tissue, blood flow to the penis and other abnormalities.