When you become sexually aroused, blood flows into sponge-like spaces inside your penis, expanding and stiffening it. A bent penis generally occurs when these spaces don't expand evenly. Most often, this is due to normal differences in penis anatomy, but sometimes scar tissue or another problem causes a bent penis and painful erections.
Possible underlying causes of a bent penis include:
- Normal differences in penis anatomy
- Autoimmune disorder
- Inherited fibrous tissue (collagen) abnormality
- Injury to the penis
- Peyronie's disease (a curved erection caused by one of a number of underlying conditions)
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Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.
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- Peyronie's disease. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/KUDiseases/pubs/peyronie/index.aspx. Accessed March 17, 2014.
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