Peyronie's disease is characterized by an abnormal curvature of the penis. The curvature can be secondary to the plaque or a scar tissue, present anywhere on the shaft of the penis or a male coupulatory organ. The location of the scar is typically inside the skin of the penis, in a thick membrane known as tunica albuginea which envelopes the erectile tissues.
The plaque begins as a localized inflammation and develops into a hardened scar. The scar tissue prevents straightening of the penis; the curvature is commonly evident while penis is erect. It may also cause multiple problems, if the intercourse is affected.
A disorder known as Dupuytren's contracture, affecting especially the fingers, making them to shorten and contract; found to be associated with the Peyronie's disease in rare cases.
Curvature of the penis
Peyronie's disease can affects men in their 5th decade of the life and onwards. At the same time, it is also noted in younger males on rare occasions.