A study from Athens, Greece shows that injections can help cure Peyronie's disease, in a which a man's penis bends when he has an erection.

The penis is the only organ in the body that normally has its blood supply shut off. When a man is stimulated, the muscles around the penile artery relax to allow blood to flow to the penis and fill balloons to cause an erection. Sometimes a scar can form in the balloons that during an erection, prevents that part of the balloon from expanding so the penis bends toward the scar when he has an erection. This can hurt and prevent him from making love. This study shows that injecting a cortisone-type drug with another scar-dissolving drug, hyaluronidase, dissolves the scar and cured Peyronie's disease. Injections with the blood pressure medicine verapamil also can cure this condition.

The use of betamethasone and hyaluronidase injections in the treatment of Peyronie's disease. A Lamprakopoulos, I Zorzos, M Lykourinas. Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology, 2000, Vol 34, Iss 6, pp 355-360 Address Zorzos I, 25 Solonos Str, Athens 14563, GREECE

Checked 8/9/05

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