Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Not Recommended for Peyronie's Disease
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German researchers have concluded that extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) cannot be recommended to treat Peyronie's disease.
Their report, published online in July in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, showed that while ESWT could help some men with pain, it did not improve deviation, plaque size, or sexual function.
One hundred two men with Peyronie's disease participated in the study. Half were randomly assigned to receive 6 weeks of ESWT treatment. The other half formed a placebo group.
The researchers wrote that ESWT might be helpful for men with pain that can't be managed in other ways. However, since pain is not considered a major symptom of Peyronie's disease, using ESWT for this purpose would not always justify the cost and number of treatments needed. Pain usually resolves on its own and many men benefit from pain medication.
Penile deviation, usually the biggest concern for men with Peyronie's disease, was generally not corrected with ESWT. In fact, 40% of the men receiving ESWT saw their deviation get worse.
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