Shockwave Therapy May Ease Peyronie's Disease

ESWT is associated with significantly increased odds of reduced plaques and pain relief.
ESWT is associated with significantly increased odds of reduced plaques and pain relief.

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) may be a safe and effective treatment for reducing penile plaques and relieving pain in men with Peyronie's disease, according to a new meta-analysis published online in the International Journal of Impotence Research.

The meta-analysis, by Liang Gao, MD,and colleagues at Sichuan University in Sichuan, China, included 6 studies that included 443 patients. Pooled data from these studies showed that ESWT was associated with a significant 2-fold increased odds of lessening of plaques, 4.5-fold increased odds of pain relief, and 5.9-fold increased odds of complete remission of pain, the investigators reported. ESWT was not associated with improved penile curvature and sexual function.

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