Laryngeal papilloma is a rare condition caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), which affects the throat. Laryngeal papillomas are benign (noncancerous) growths that develop over time and can recur frequently.
In addition to benign papillomas, HPV can also increase the likelihood of developing head and neck cancer – most commonly, throat cancer – later in life. Symptoms of papillomas and throat cancer can be similar, so an accurate and timely diagnosis is incredibly important.
The primary symptom of laryngeal papillomatosis is hoarseness, but, occasionally, the papillomas become large enough to cause airway symptoms with difficulty breathing.
If you’re experiencing hoarseness or a strained or breathy voice, otolaryngologists and speech-language pathologists of the Jefferson Voice and Swallowing Center in Philadelphia can diagnose your condition with a biopsy or a laryngoscopy.
If you are found to have laryngeal papilloma, our otolaryngologists will recommend a treatment course to control the problem.
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