Peyronie's disease in men under age 40: characteristics and outcome

Int J Impot Res. 2001 Feb;13(1):18-23. doi: 10.1038/sj.ijir.3900635.


Peyronie's disease is most commonly seen in the fifth decade of life. However, a wide range of age (20-83 y) is reported. During a 6-year period, men with Peyronie's disease presenting under the age of 40 were reviewed retrospectively and followed-up. The prevalence of Peyronie's patients presenting under age 40 was 8.2%. Their mean age was 32.47 +/- 5.37 (range: 23-39) y and 78.9% of them presented during the acute phase of the disease. Pain on erection was a part of presenting symptom complex in 52.6% and the majority (84%) had a degree of penile curvature < 60 degrees. Erectile dysfunction (ED) was present in 21% of patients, who responded well to intracavernous injection test. After a minimal 2-year follow-up, improvement in penile deformity was observed in 36.8%, and 42.1% had stable disease while 21% experienced deterioration of the penile curvature. The onset of Peyronie's disease is clinically more noisy and acute in patients presenting under age 40 and this forces the physicians to treat them more vigorously.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Colchicine / therapeutic use
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Penile Implantation
  • Penile Induration / diagnosis
  • Penile Induration / epidemiology*
  • Penile Induration / therapy
  • Penis / blood supply
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Veins / transplantation


  • Colchicine