Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis – Laryngotracheal Papillomas

What is it?
Papillomas are benign growths related to a viral infection (human papilloma virus, or HPV).  They can affect a variety of anatomic locations, including the oral cavity, throat, and/or larynx.  In adults, papilloma growth on the vocal folds typically causes hoarseness, but can also lead to difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or breathing.  The papillomas are often referred to as “recurrent respiratory papillomatosis” because when located along the respiratory tract, they have a tendency to recur, sometimes throughout a lifetime, and recurrences can be very unpredictable.

How is it treated?

Papilloma causing hoarseness, dysphagia, or shortness of breath is typically surgically removed.  While this may necessitate an operating room setting, surgeons at The Voice Clinic of Indiana may be able to perform such treatments in an office-based setting under topical anesthesia.  There are some adjunct medications that are also sometimes utilized to try to limit regrowth of papilloma.

Learn more by clicking here, then scrolling down and clicking on the “Laryngeal Papilloma” pamphlet