The medical management of Peyronie's disease

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There are a wide variety of medical treatments that are available to the practicing urologist, including oral agents, topical creams and gels with or without iontophoresis, intralesional injection therapy, radiation therapy, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, and laser therapy. Medical management of Peyronie's disease might be a valuable treatment option for this debilitating disorder, especially in the early symptomatic stages of the disease. Although no single modality has been demonstrated to have superior efficacy, intralesional therapy appears to confer some benefit. Multicenter, large-scale, randomized, controlled studies are necessary to fully establish the efficacy of the available treatments. Until such trials are conducted, a rational approach involving combination therapy is the most appropriate method to treat these patients. In this Review, the current medical treatment options available for the management of Peyronie's disease are discussed and a management algorithm is proposed.

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