Introduction: Sonoelastography is an emerging ultrasound-based technique that allows characterization of tissue stiffness.
Aim: The aim of this report is to present a case of significant penile curvature with a non-palpable, non-sonographically visualized plaque that was demonstrable with sonoelastography.
Methods: A 60-year-old male presented with significant left penile curvature during erections. The penis was evaluated with physical exam followed by B-mode and color Doppler ultrasound. No evidence of plaque was identified with these modalities. Shear wave sonoelastography was pursued to further characterize the patient's Peyronie's disease.
Results: An area of increased tissue stiffness that correlated with the site of maximum curvature was identified with shear wave sonoelastography and used to target intralesional injection therapy.
Conclusion: Sonoelastography provides an additional way to characterize, localize, and deliver therapy to a lesion in patients with Peyronie's disease and is particularly useful when palpation and B-mode ultrasonography have failed to demonstrate a plaque.
Keywords: Diagnostic Testing; Penile Curvature; Peyronie's Disease; Sonoelastography; Ultrasound.
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