Congenital Penile Curvature
Congenital penile curvature is a penile deformity that is usually present from birth, although it might only become evident during puberty. This condition develops because one of the sides of the penis is larger or more elastic than the other, leading to curvature of the penis on erection. The curvature can be towards the side, upwards or downwards or in some cases a combination of these.
The incidence of congenital curvature is estimated 2% of the male population but in 30 % of men there could be some minor curvature that is unnoticed.
- Pain or difficulty during sexual intercourse can be experienced by the patient or their partner
- Embarrassment with their condition due to the abnormal aesthetic appearance of their penis
In Minor degrees of curvature less than 20 degrees this can be corrected with PRP injections and penile traction devices.
If curvature is more than 20 degrees the treatment is only possible through surgery. This is usually simple and carries very little risk in experienced hands. It involves the plication of the shorter side to correct the curvature.