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QUESTION: what is the difference between peyronies and normal curvature? What causes the curvature in each case? or is peyronies just a label for penis's with a high level of curvature?

can it be caused by unusual masturbation techniques?

ANSWER: Jim:

There is no such thing as "normal curvature".  Peyronie's describes a specific type of plaque or fibrous tissue band that typically causes deformity or curvature.  However, any scarring of the wall of the erection bodies in the penis can theoretically cause some curvature.

While this may be caused by rough, repeated masturbation, this would be quite unlikely.  It is thought that mild trauma or low grade injuries to the penis are responsible.

The bottom line is that if you have a curvature, have it checked by your physician or a urologist.

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QUESTION: i have read that it is normal to have slight curves in your penis. Doy ou disagree with this? obviously all penises will look different. some will be short, some longer, some wider, so why should it be that they are all perfectly straight?

could it not point left or right? or be slightly bent and still be considered normal?

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Jim:

I do not agree that it is "normal" to have slight curves in the erect penis.  Any such curves would need to be quite minimal to be considered normal.

Curvature in the erect penis is always considered abnormal, but may not require any treatment.  The curvature can be mild, moderate or severe and can occur in any direction which depends on where the scar tissue buildup is located.

We would not consider a penis to be "normal" if it had a curve in it although it probably would not require any treatment either unless the curvature was severe

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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.

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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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