Penile Sonoelastography for the Localization of a Non-Palpable, Non-Sonographically Visualized Lesion in a Patient With Penile Curvature From Peyronie's Disease

J Sex Med. 2014 Feb;11(2):516-20. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12396. Epub 2013 Nov 22.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Elasticity Imaging Techniques*
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intralesional
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Penile Erection
  • Penile Induration / diagnostic imaging*
  • Penile Induration / drug therapy
  • Penile Induration / physiopathology
  • Penis / diagnostic imaging*