Should assessment of penetrative sexual activity be used as the treatment arbiter in the management of Peyronie's disease? - Abstract

Department of Urology, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK.


Peyronie's disease is an inflammatory disorder, which causes thickening of the tunica albuginea of the penis. Peyronie's disease has a variable natural history and the assessment and management of the disease has yet to be standardised. The case notes of 97 patients with a diagnosis of Peyronie's disease were retrospectively reviewed at a single tertiary referral centre. Patients who were able to achieve sexual penetrative activity to the satisfaction of both partners were managed conservatively. Patients who were unable to achieve penetrative sexual activity were given intra-cavernosal prostaglandin, with those achieving a satisfactory erection being offered appropriate surgical intervention. The mean age at presentation was 50 years (range 18-82). A total of 59 (61%) men were able to have penetrative sex at the time of presentation. Following initial conservative management, only five (8%) of this group had disease progression, which stopped them from being able to penetrate. In all 38 (39%) men who were not able to penetrate at presentation were offered surgical intervention. In all 24 (63%) of these men chose to have surgical intervention. Tunical plication resulted in the ability to penetrate in 77% of men choosing this option whereas only 46% of men undergoing autologous saphenous vein grafting were able to have penetrative sex. Assessment of penetrative sexual function is an essential component of the management of patients with Peyronie's disease. This enables appropriate counselling with respect to possible conservative management or the most appropriate surgical intervention. The majority of patients with Peyronie's disease can achieve sexual penetrative activity, many without surgical intervention.

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Dukic I, Thakare N, Pearce I, Payne SR.   Are you the author?

Reference: Int J Impot Res. 2011 Mar 24. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1038/ijir.2011.6

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 21430675 Peyronie's Disease Section