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Patients with this condition describe curvature of the penis during erection that has been present for as long as they can remember. It is usually first recognized around puberty or early adulthood. It differs from Peyronie’s disease in that there is no scar tissue within the penis, and the condition usually does not change over time.

Cleveland Clinic urologists have extensive experience with reconstructive procedures for both congenital erectile curvature and Peyronie’s disease.

Patients with this condition describe curvature of the penis during erection that has been present for as long as they can remember. It is usually first recognized around puberty or early adulthood. It differs from Peyronie’s disease in that there is no scar tissue within the penis, and the condition usually does not change over time.

This is usually a congenital condition, meaning men are born with it.

If symptoms are interfering with the patient’s life, a urologist may do a physical examination to determine if treatment is necessary.

In mild forms it does not require any treatment. However, when the degree of curvature interferes significantly with the ability to have sexual intercourse, surgical correction is indicated.

Cleveland Clinic urologists have extensive experience with reconstructive procedures for both congenital erectile curvature and Peyronie’s disease. Correction of congenital erectile curvature is accomplished by surgically exposing the penis, in order to shorten the side of the penis opposite the curvature to match the other side. This results in a straightened erection. This procedure has a high rate of success and can be performed in an outpatient setting.

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