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Application of pericardial graft in the surgical management of Peyronie's disease.

PURPOSE: We investigated the use of Tutoplast cadaveric pericardium as an alternative material for grafting the tunica albuginea defect after Peyronie's plaque excision.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 11 patients with significant penile curvature interfering with sexual intercourse were evaluated after at least 12 months of conservative therapy. Preoperative evaluation in all cases included penile duplex Doppler ultrasound studies. Chemically processed and gamma irradiated pericardium was used to graft the cavernosal defect after surgical excision of the penile plaque. In 3 patients a penile prosthesis was simultaneously placed secondary to documented erectile dysfunction at duplex Doppler ultrasound evaluation.

RESULTS: Penile curvature resolved in all patients, allowing for normal sexual function after a mean followup of 14 months (range 9 to 19). No postoperative evidence of tissue rejection or infection was noted. In 1 patient urethro-corporal communication developed and a single penile cylinder was explanted. Another patient had a mild dorsal bulge at the site of graft placement when the prosthesis was fully inflated.

CONCLUSIONS: Polymeric silicone material used to provide satisfactory results in the surgical treatment of Peyronie's disease but it is no longer available for biomedical use. We demonstrate the effective use of cadaveric pericardium as a graft material for cavernosal defects after Peyronie's plaque excision. Overall patient satisfaction, absence of a second surgical incision, relative low risk and ease of surgical placement make this material ideal for the surgical treatment of this disease process.

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