Sunday, October 28, 2007

Surgery isn't so hot either ...

I've just posted on another study showing Vitamin E is a waste of money. This article points out at least some surgical techniques aren't so great either. 

Long-term patient satisfaction after surgical corr...[Int Braz J Urol. 2007 Jul-Aug] - PubMed Result

...Long-term outcome after surgical correction for PD and CPC with the technique of tunical plication can be poor. Probably patient expectations are above the real performance of surgical techniques...

We simply don't have any effective treatments for established Peyronie's Disease and there are none on the horizon. There's probably more hope in:

  • early identification of at-risk persons (probably via genomic testing) and inventing and studying preventive measures
  • focus on interventions for early onset disease in young persons

Vitamin E really, really, really does not do anything

Yet another in a long line of similar results ...

Comparison of vitamin E and propionyl-L-carnitine,...[J Urol. 2007] - PubMed Result

...This study did not show significant improvement in pain, curvature or plaque size in patients with PD treated with vitamin E, propionyl-L-carnitine, or vitamin E plus propionyl-L-carnitine compared with those treated with placebo...

Vitamin E has some mild toxicity as well, though I can't recall the details at the moment.

Urologists, stop the Vitamin E. Please. It looks silly.