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Long-term follow-up of penile curvature correction utilizing autologous albugineal crural graft

DOI: 10.1590/S1677-55382012000200013

Keywords: peyronie disease, tunica albuginea, penile induration.

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purpose: peyronie's disease is an acquired connective tissue disorder of the penile tunica albuginea with fibrosis and inflammation. the disease produces palpable plaques, penile curvature and pain during erections. usually it results in impairment of the quality of life. our objective is to review the long-term results of the albugineal grafting harvested from the penile crura for the treatment of severe penile curvature. materials and methods: thirty-three patients with peyronie's disease were submitted to a grafting with tunica albuginea from the penile crura for the correction of penile curvature. the results were evaluated after 6 months of the procedure. variables studied were overall satisfaction with the procedure, correction of the penile curvature, erectile capacity, penile shortening and the presence of surgical complications. results: mean follow-up after surgery was 41 months. complete correction of the curvature was achieved in 30 patients (90%). the mean preoperative curvature was 91.8 degrees and median plaque length was 2 cm (ranged from 1 to 5 cm). three patients (9%) experienced recurrence of the penile curvature and required a new procedure. in 30 men (90%) the procedure fulfilled their expectations and in 31 patients (93.9%) their opinions were that sexual partners were satisfied with the penile correction. penile shortening or augmentation was referred in 6 (18.1%) and 1 (3%) patient, respectively. conclusion: our series demonstrated that grafting the albugineal defect after incision of the tunica albuginea with tunica from the crus for the correction of penile curvature is safe and results in satisfactory straight erections duringa long-term follow-up.

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