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February 1950


Arch Surg. 1950;60(2):379-420. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1950.01250010397017


Peyronie's Disease.  —Fricke and Varney34 report on Peyronie's disease and its treatment with radium. They state that fibrous plaques of the penis do not disturb vital function and that the condition is not serious; however, the disease tends to cause severe mental distress and every effort should be made to cure the condition. The patients are usually middle aged. It appears to be a self-limiting process. Although formerly this was considered an extremely rare disease, many more cases are being reported in recent years than formerly. The etiology is not known. On microscopic examination excised fibrous plaques resemble keloids elsewhere in the body. Hence, trauma due to previous infections, passage of sounds or some other factor may well be the cause. Although present methods of treatment are unsatisfactory, radium therapy given by the technic employed in treating keloids appears to be worth while. More than half the patients