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Laryngeal Papillomatosis

What is laryngeal papillomatosis?

Laryngeal papillomas are wart like lesions, usually benign (non-cancerous), that can develop within the larynx on the vocal folds, within the airway, or within the supraglottis (base of tongue, pharyngeal walls, tonsilar area, uvula, etc).

What causes laryngeal papillomatosis?

Laryngeal papilloma is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).

What are the symptoms of laryngeal papillomatosis?

Symptoms of papillomatosis can vary depending on the placement of the papilloma lesions and the severity of the lesions. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe dysphonia (hoarseness). Some people also experience shortness of breath when lesions occur in the airway, or when lesions on the vocal folds are so severe that they begin to block the airway.

How is laryngeal papillmatosis treated?

Laryngeal papillomas often require repeated surgical management, with initial biopsy to ensure that the lesions are, in fact, benign.