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Bent Penis


Healthgrades Editorial Staff

What is bent penis?

Bent penis refers to an abnormal shape of the penis. While swelling of the penis may result from several conditions, true bent penis can be the result of two rare conditions; Peyronie’s disease and penile fracture, which will be the focus of this article.

Peyronie’s disease is an inflammatory condition affecting the penis. The penis may become curved or bent due to the growth of fibrous scar tissue (plaque) under the skin of the penis. The cause of Peyronie’s disease is not known, but may be due to a previous injury to the penis resulting in bleeding within the penis, or it may possibly be attributed to an autoimmune disorder. The condition occurs most frequently in men over 40 years of age (Source: PubMedHealth).

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Symptoms of Peyronie’s disease differ among affected men. Some men may have mild symptoms that resolve on their own. Others may experience severe symptoms, such as reduced penis flexibility and pain during an erection. Bent penis due to Peyronie’s disease may be apparent with or without an erection and can be associated with pain, shortening of the penis, and painful or difficult sexual intercourse.

Injury during an erection may cause a penile fracture resulting in bent penis. Sudden or forceful bending of an erect penis may rupture one or both of the cylinders in the penis that fill with blood to create an erection. Most commonly, penile fracture results from severe changes in movement during aggressive intercourse or masturbation. Men having prostate cancer radiation treatment or surgery have the highest risk of a penile fracture.

Bent penis is a rare condition; however, a broken penis is a serious condition that requires immediate medical care. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) for penile fracture or trauma.

If your bent penis is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.

Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Oct 15, 2016

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Medical References

  1. Penis disorders. MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
  2. Curvature of the penis. Peyronie’s disease. PubMed Health, a service of the NLM from the NIH.
  3. Greenfield JM, Levine LA. Peyronie's disease: etiology, epidemiology and medical treatment. Urol Clin North Am 2005; 32:469.
  4. Mydlo JH, Harris CF, Brown JG. Blunt, penetrating and ischemic injuries to the penis. J Urol 2002; 168:1433.

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