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Arthritis of the Penis

Updated on November 13, 2013

The Male Penis

Cross section of a penis.
Cross section of a penis.

Who Knew!

"Peyronie's disease ends up being arthritis of the penis," says Irwin Goldstein, MD, director of San Diego Sexual Medicine and the editor in chief of the Journal of Sexual Medicine .

I never thought in a million years that there was such a thing as arthritis of the penis. It is known as Peyronie's disease. Peyronie's disease is quite easily diagnosed, after a physical examination of the penis. It is commonly believed that plaque/scarred tissues develop inside the penis and along top of the penis chambers known as the corpora cavernosa. The corpora cavernose runs the vertical length of the penis. The connecting tissue between the corpora cavernosais called the septum. Peyronie's disease develops following blunt trauma that causes bleeding inside the penis. When the penis is abnormally bumped, directly hit or severely bent the septum is stretch beyond it's capacity.

"If the penis is bent or twisted, it can tear the fibrous tissue casing that surrounds the erection chambers and cause a laceration in the tissue," says Ira Sharlip, MD, spokesman for the American Urological Association and clinical professor of urology at University of California at San Francisco. "When it heals, scar tissue forms, and eventually it forms plaque."

Facts on Peyronie's disease:

  1. Peyronie's is not hereditary.
  2. It occurs in 3 out of a hundred males.
  3. Erection can be painful.
  4. Surgery is recommended when long-term deformity prevents sexual intercourse.
  5. Peyronie's disease is caused by scar tissue inside the penis.
  6. Peyronie's disease can change the shape and size of an erection.
  7. 1% of men are diagnosed with this condition.
  8. In rare cases Peyronie's disease corrects itself over time.
  9. The disease appears in all age groups and races of men. However, white men over 40 are more dominant than other males.
  10. Most common treatment is medication, steroids or injections.


For more information you can contact:

American Urological Association
1000 Corporate Boulevard
Linthicum, MD 21090
Phone: 1–866–RING–AUA (746–4282) or 410–689–3700
Fax: 410–689–3800

National Organization for Rare Disorders
55 Kenosia Avenue
P.O. Box 1968
Danbury, CT 06813–1968
Phone: 1–800–999–6673 or 203–744–0100
Fax: 203–798–2291

Brief History

Peyronie's Disease is named after the Francois de la Peyronie. Who was the personal practitioner to Louis XIV of France. King Louis XIV had this penile abnormality and in 1743 Francois de la Peyronie first described the treatment for this disorder. Born in Italy, January 15th, 1678 Francois moved with his family to Montpelier, France. During his teenage years he studied philosophy and surgery. In 1695 he earned his diploma as a "barber-surgeon". Driven by desire, he moved to Paris and continued his education under the direction of Georges Mareschal, chief-surgeon of the Hospital de la Charite` and first surgeon to Louis XIV. In 1736 Mareschal died and Francois de la Peyronie took over as first physician.


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    RKHenry 7 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

    Well I wonder what the results were.

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    smittynotyone 7 years ago

    I am going to the doctor tomorrow.. I believe I am one who may have this??

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    kazimraza 8 years ago

    hellow my penis size is very small pls give me some medicen my penis is so long and tick

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    notorious_HAI 8 years ago

    Wow. Interesting. I learn something new every day on hubpages. I'm going to bring your hub to the attention of my male friends...

    Hopefully there's no female version of this condition :)

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    C. C. Riter 8 years ago

    Well RK, the Title sure caught my eye. ROFLMAO It wouldn't be so funny but I had a two year bout of chemo, my second, and it left me with a crooked penis for about a month that was very painful when erect. God that was awful. LOL I can laugh now, but I dint then. haha I never discussed it with anybody but my wife and she just said," Too bad it don't bend the other way." Haha I wanted to slap her. It finally straightened out and worked for a time, but it's broke now again. haha

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    Becki Rizzuti 8 years ago from Indiana, USA

    I followed here from twitter and my jaw dropped as soon as I saw the subject of the page. Very interesting stuff! I can't imagine having to live with something like that and am therefore exceptionally happy to be a woman!

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    Motaz 8 years ago from Egypt

    ouch! but thanks for the info :)

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    Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    When I read the part injections being one possible treatment, I really cringed. I imagine that's nasty.

    I had no idea that a man could get arthritis there! Thanks for the education, RK.

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    goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

    Ha! @ Teresa

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    Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

    Wonder if this is what my ex had? It sure would explain a LOT.

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    GeneriqueMedia 8 years ago from Earth

    Wow, thanks for this. I never thought arthritis would strike like this...but I guess it makes sense. Especially with the malformed, little branching family tree of royalty.

    I know a friend who once had a problem, not like this though...he accidentally stood up during an inoportune time and had to go to the hospital. Embarassing, I'm sure.


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    mayhmong 8 years ago from North Carolina

    Where is BP!? She's gonna love this hub too! LOLIf guys have the peyronie's disease, then what do women have? Other than hot flashes. -_-

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    RKHenry 8 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

    frogdropping you crack me up!


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    Andria 8 years ago

    Hey RK - I always wondered what life would be like if I had family jewels. And was male. Etc. I've gone off the idea now. Thanks.

    And cool hub :)

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    Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Bet you are going to get a million comments on this one! LOL

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    hilltrekker 8 years ago

    a useful medical info. perhaps it will help many.

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    RKHenry 8 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

    Me too, Cris A! Thanks for stopping by. lol Cindyvine, that'd be bad. Scary bad! I'd stick with the crooked dick if that was the option.


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    Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

    Well, surely with viagra you can keep it long enough to heal in a cast?

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    Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines


    If this hub was not so informative and helpful, I'd say it's scary stuff! LOL Thanks for sharing :D

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    RKHenry 8 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

    It'd be hard to keep an erection for several weeks while the sucker healed up. That's why I don't think they use casts or splints. I don't know though, maybe they have an injection that causes long term erections. God that would be miserable!!!

    Thanks Ralph.

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    Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

    What about a splint or a cast? I wonder if it might result from under-utilization or perhaps over-utilization? I recall from my youth on the ranch that a bull's penis can be broken if he's butted by another bull while mounting a cow. In the case of bulls I don't think they call it Peyronie's disease, however. Is there a veterinarian in the house?

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    RKHenry 8 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA


    Matter of fact, you can!!

    Hey cindyvine, thanks for commenting on my wall.

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    Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

    wow, and do you have to rub it with linament to treat it?

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    RKHenry 8 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

    Hey AEvans!! Thanks for commenting on my wall.

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    RKHenry 8 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

    Hey Ralph, thank you for stopping by.

    I hadn't heard of Peyronie's disease until today. A close friend asked me if I'd ever heard of "arthritis of the penis."

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    Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

    Interesting as you know I am in the medical field and have heard about it, but I am certainly glad that you wrote about it. Great Job and I hope many men will also read it and so that they can gain knowledge about this issue as well as the women in their lives who are concerned about there health and well being. ::)

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    Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

    I recall reading somewhere that one of our nation's greatest presidents suffered from Peyronie's. Not sure whether it was Washington, Lincoln or Roosevelt or how this arcane fact came to light. Until RK's hub I'd never heard it called arthritis of the penis.