A new concept in the treatment of Peyronie's disease W. W. Scott and P. L. Scardino Southern medical journal 1948 41: 173-177
|Dorsal curvature of Peyronie's Disase. |
Specifically in this manuscript they used a medication called tocopherol. Tocopherol is an organic chemical similar to Vitamin E. It was believed that these connective tissue disorders resulted from Vitamin E deficiency and replacing the Vitamin demonstrated promising results in early studies.
In treating 23 patients with Peyronie's, Drs. Scott and Scardino found that:
- Four (17%) cases demonstrated complete resolution of symptoms.
- Six (26%) had significant decrease in plaque size and symptoms.
- 15 (65%) had a moderate decrease in plaque/symptoms.
- Two (9%) had no change.
Drs. Scott and Scardino make an interstesting comment at the end of the manuscript:
"The authors recognize that an occasional case of Peyronie's disease improves without treatment."Today, we know that Peyronie's disease demonstrates an acute phase, when symptoms first present, and a chronic phase, where symptoms stabilize. The typical transition from acute to chronic phase takes approximately 12-18 months, during which time approximately 1/3rd of patients will improve, stabilize and progress respectively. The authors of this manuscript recognize that some of their patients would likely have improved without any treatment, however the improvement in the majority of patients could be attributed, in part, to tocopherol treatment. Seventy years later, urologists and sexual medicine experts are still looking for the best medication to treat Peyronie's disease.
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