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One research study found Peyronie's disease in 1 percent of men. Although the disease occurs mostly in middle-aged men, younger and older men can develop it as well.
About 30 percent of men with Peyronie's disease develop fibrosis (hardened cells) in other elastic tissues of the body, such as on the hand or foot. A common example is a condition known as Dupuytren's contracture of the hand.
In some cases, men who are related by blood tend to develop Peyronie's disease, which suggests that genetic factors might make a man vulnerable to the condition.
Men with Peyronie's disease usually seek medical attention because of painful erections and difficulty with intercourse. Since the cause of the disease and its development are not well understood, treatment for Peyronie's disease is usually empirical, meaning that doctors prescribe and continue methods that seem to help.
The goal of Peyronie's disease treatment is to keep the affected person sexually active. Providing education about the disease and its course is often all that's required.
No strong evidence shows that any treatment other than surgery for Peyronie's disease is effective. Experts usually recommend surgery only in long-term cases in which the disease has stabilized and the deformity prevents intercourse.
A French surgeon, François de la Peyronie, first described the condition in 1743. The problem was noted in print as early as 1687. Early writers classified it as a form of impotence, now called erectile dysfunction (ED). Peyronie's disease can be associated with erection problems like ED; however, experts now recognize ED as only one factor associated with the disease -- a factor that is not always present.