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Hi
I have noticed a swollen ring before my penis head,I am circumsiced and I am mastrubating from past 20 years and from 5 years I am mastrubating my face down rubbing my penis to bed and all of sudden few days back I noticed a half circle ring on my shaft before the penis head,I don't have difficulty while urinating and ejaculating but getting some pain during sex and erections,is there any thing serious,please help me.

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Andy

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Andy:

Unfortunately, I can't really determine exactly what this ring is.  It could be nothing or it could be scarring, fibrosis or a peyronie's plaque.  I suggest you consult a local urologist and get a definitive answer.  It's probably not serious, but its better not to take a chance.

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

Experience

Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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