Pelvis MRI Showing Erect Penis
Lateral view of MRI of male pelvis and erect penis with scar tissue build up from Peyronie's disease (scar tissue is darkened area on penis shaft). Peyronie's disease is a condition in which the connective tissue of the penis becomes scarred, possibly leading to penile curvature, shortening, disfigurement, or loss of capacity for erection. Although the exact cause of the disease is not known, it's thought to begin as a result of trauma to the penis. If the damage doesn't heal successfully, possibly due to an autoimmune response or excess inflammation, scar tissue can form and permanently injure the structure of the penis. Because of the nature of the disease, erectile dysfunction drugs and other medical treatments are not normally effective for resolving complications of Peyronie's disease. When erectile function is impaired or curvature becomes too extreme to allow for vaginal penetration, surgery is frequently the only option.