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Does Viagra treat Peyronie's disease?

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As of 2015, Viagra, a medication that physicians prescribe for erectile dysfunction, benefits some patients with Peyronie's disease in its early stages, according to Columbia University Medical Center. Men with Peyronie's disease experience curvature or shortening of the penis due to scar tissue inside the penis and may have problems with erections. Up to 10 percent of men experience symptoms of the disease, which can result in severe curvatures that prevent men from engaging in sexual intercourse.

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Doctors may prescribe Viagra for patients with Peyronie's disease if they experience erectile dysfunction, but dysfunction is not always present in men who have the disease, notes Advanced Urological Care P.C. The scar tissue that leads to the curvature is benign and sometimes disappears or shrinks without any treatment. The disease bears the name of Francois de la Peyronie, the French surgeon who was the first to describe the condition in 1734.

Patients who experience severe penile curvature and severe erectile dysfunction often benefit from having penile prosthetic devices implanted, explains Columbia University Medical Center. The implants correct both problems. Other surgical treatment options include plication, which straightens the penis by placing stitches on the opposite side of the organ's curve. Surgeons also perform plaque incisions and excisions, procedures in which the remove the scar tissue and replace it with graft material.

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