Estimated prevalence of an underestimated problem



The true prevalence of Peyronie’s disease is not clear, but is estimated to be approximately 5% of adult men.1 Among populations without specific comorbidities, the prevalence has ranged from 0.39% in a retrospective study of medical records in Rochester, Minnesota up to 8.9% among men aged more than 40 years presenting for prostate screening.2-7 The prevalence of PD has also been recorded in several studies among subpopulations of men with specific comorbidities. Specifically, the prevalence was 7.9% for men with erectile dysfunction (ED) and 20.3% for men with ED and diabetes8,9

Patient reluctance to seek diagnosis and treatment from a physician and unawareness of the disease may affect perception of prevalence.1,10,11



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