Laryngeal papillomatosis

Laryngeal papillomatosis

Laryngeal papillomatosis, also known as recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, is a rare medical condition, caused by an HPV infection of the throat. It causes assorted tumors, papillomas, to develop over a period of time. Without treatment it is potentially fatal as uncontrolled growths could obstruct the airway.

It is caused by HPV types 6 and 11, in which warts form on the larynx or other areas of the respiratory tract.

These warts can recur frequently, may require repetitive surgery, may interfere with breathing, and in extremely rare cases can progress to cancer.

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