Diagnostic utility of penile ultrasound in Peyronie’s disease

  • John F. McCauley
  • Robert C. DeanEmail author
Topic Paper



To review the literature regarding the use of penile ultrasound in the evaluation and management of Peyronie’s disease.


A literature review was performed using PubMed from 1980 to 2018 using the keywords: Peyronie’s disease, ultrasound, sonography, calcification, penile fracture, and penile hematoma. Articles were reviewed for study size, image protocols, and findings. In addition, we reviewed images from 227 penile ultrasounds performed on Peyronie’s disease patients at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center between 2014 and 2018.


Through extensive urological and radiographic literature review over the last four decades, common patterns and characteristic of Peyronie’s plaques were identified. These characteristics are not always delineated by physical examination alone. The ultrasound images often added objective information including etiology of erectile dysfunction and location or plaques, and presence of calcifications which aid in patient counseling and treatment protocols.


The use of B-mode ultrasound with color Doppler in the evaluation and management of Peyronie’s disease is a quick, cost-effective process that provides objective information that can assist the urologist in the treatment of patients with Peyronie’s disease.


Peyronie’s disease Ultrasound Penile angulation Penile rupture 


Author contributions

JFM: project development, data analysis, manuscript writing and editing RCD: project development, data collection, manuscript writing and editing

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

Research involving human or animal participants

This review article contains data available from prior publications or data reviewed in a retrospective manner for example only. This study does not contain any studies with human participants or animal participants by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Department of SurgeryUrology ServiceBethesdaUSA

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