PD is fairly rare disease, diagnosed in only 26 out of 100,000 men -
prostate cancer update, Johns Hopkins University, Winter 2000
PD diagnosed in 4.6 men out of 100,000 - same article as noted
above. This would make it an extremely rare medical condition.
PD is a common medical condition - International Society of
Sexual Medicine 2009
PD has been thought to be a rare, insignificant disorder - Journal of
Andrology July/August 2009
After reviewing all the data, conclusion at end of article - PD is a
A 55 year old man writes a newspaper's medical advisor with
questions about his PD. "The medical advisor gets more questions
about PD than about almost any other ailment." - Hearst
PD is a much more frequent condition in the general population
than previously reported - European Urology 2001
Recently, the scientific literature has begun to address penile
changes following a Radical Prostatectomy (RP) - Current Urology
Interest in penile rehabilitation developed in the 1990s after nerve
sparing RPs were developed - Journal of Andrology 7/8/2009
Loss of penile length and girth has received minimal attention as
compared to other problems post RP - European Journal of
What Causes PD?
Although there are a number of theories, no one really knows.
Here is an interesting story about another possible cause.
During a petroleum plant turnaround in 1994 an accidental
spray incident showed 35 workers with varying amounts of
benzene, toluene and other chemicals. Four workers sprayed
with the chemicals and two others who worked nearby
developed flu like symptoms. Over the next 6 months, 4 of the
workers sprayed and 2 other previously healthy men who
worked nearby complained of ED and depression. Serum
testosterone levels were all at normal levels. PD developed in
3 of these previously healthy men at about 15 months post
exposure. Two of the 3 eventually required a penile
prosthesis. Toulene is know to cause axonal demyelaination
which suggests a causative association.
Men’s Health Magazine
An alert reader pointed out this article:
Although our condition is fairly common, there are almost
never any articles about it in the general media. Men's Health
magazine recently had an article about one man's experience
with PD. I could do without the wise cracks in the article, but
will take just about any publicity. One major criticism about
the information provided in the article. The man had
successful surgery and no adverse side affects were
mentioned. This perfect outcome usually does not occur in
the read world. If you want to read the article, Google - Men's
Health Magazine, A surprise package.