This book aims to provide specialists and practitioners with a reliable source of information on all aspects of Peyronie’s disease, which is too often still considered a mysterious condition. The focus is in particular on those aspects of the disease that are most hotly debated, including etiology, risk factors, nosology, natural history and medical therapy. Clear guidance is also provided on surgical techniques, with explanation of why and when to apply plication surgery, corporoplasty and plaque surgery and the best approach to complicated cases. Throughout, strenuous efforts have been made to ensure clarity and simplicity of expression and ease of consultation. While clear international guidelines are lacking, this has allowed the authors to devote much space to personal ideas, conveying the fascinating and sometimes conflicting nature of this field of medicine and, hopefully, stimulating further research.
Table of Contents
Introduction.- Anatomy of the penis, with special attention to the tunica albuginea and the corpora cavernosa.- Epidemiology.- Etiology and risk factors.- Nosology.- Natural history.- Experimental models and laboratory research.- Symptoms, their physiopathology, and outpatient clinical practice and diagnosis.- Congenital and acquired penile curvature: relationships and differences.- Psychological aspects of Peyronie’s disease.- Imaging.- Therapy: a general approach.- Medical therapy.- Combination therapy.- Surgical therapy: Why and when? An overview.- Advanced techniques of plication surgery with basal approach: Why and when?.- Corporoplasty: Why and when?.- Plaque surgery: Why and when?.- Surgical techniques for difficult and complicated cases.-Future perspectives.
Giorgio Cavallini graduated in Medicine and Surgery summa cum laude in 1980 and then specialized in General Surgery; he also holds a PhD in Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Cavallini was Senior Assistant in the Department of Urology of the Hospital of Adria, Italy, and Head of Andrology in this department, from 1986 to 2000, since which time he has been a freelance andrologist. Dr. Cavallini is the author/coauthor of more than a hundred papers in international journals. He holds three international patents and co-holds four others and is a long-term patent consultant for Upjohn, Synthlabo, and Sigma-Tau. Dr. Cavallini is a Fellow of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology and is a referee for a number of leading journals in the field.
Gianni Paulis graduated in Medicine and Surgery summa cum laude in 1981 and then specialized in Urology and Andrology. Dr. Gianni Paulis has a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University La Sapienza in Rome, Italy, and is a specialist in Urology (Rome) and in Endocrinology-Andrology (Pisa). Dr. Paulis is currently an Andrologist Consultant at the Regina Apostolorum Hospital in Rome where he directs the Center of Andrology. He also heads the "Center for the Treatment of Peyronie's disease" and is one of the most experienced Peyronie's specialist in Italy. Dr. Paulis is author/coauthor of more than a hundred papers in international journals and has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international congresses. He is a Fellow of various societies, including the Italian Society for Andrology and the Italian Society for Urology. Dr. Paulis is a referee for many journals in the field.