Transdermal estradiol as a novel treatment for Peyronie's disease: A case report

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Jessie Thuswaldner


Introduction: This is a single‐patient case report of a (now) 75-year old married male with long-standing Peyronie’s disease (PD).  The patient’s main symptoms were painful erections as well as secondary anxiety and depression.  Resolution of these symptoms was achieved with transdermal estradiol treatment.

Objectives: To describe a patient with PD, whose persistently painful erections and psychologic distress were eliminated by a novel treatment involving transdermal estradiol. This report also aims to present a novel treatment for patients with paraphilias.

Methods: An interview with the patient, chart review, and a literature search were conducted. Informed consent was obtained from the patient and this report was approved by the Research Ethics Committee at the Royal Hospital in Ottawa.

Results: Treatment with transdermal estradiol decreased the patient’s sex drive and virtually eliminated his erections with no undesirable side effects. The patient and his wife still enjoy sexual relations without the need for penile erection.

Conclusions: This case report presents a novel treatment for PD. It also introduces a novel method to treat men who wish to decrease their sex drive (e.g. men with paraphilic disorders). Replication of this treatment intervention in men with PD and new studies of its use in men with paraphilic disorders are warranted.

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