Published: Apr. 13, 2011
Updated: Aug. 4, 2011
Laryngeal papilloma refers to growths in the windpipes, throat, or on the vocal folds caused by human papilloma virus (HPV).
This condition goes by several names including papilloma or recurrent respiratory papillomatosis.
Laryngeal papilloma can cause the voice to be hoarse or raspy. If the build up of lesions is severe enough, breathing can become more difficult.
Papilloma lesions can be removed with the pulsed KTP laser in the clinic or removed in the operating room. Removal of papilloma in the office is often preferable as it well-tolerated and avoids repeated trip to the operating room.
Despite surgical management, these lesions often come back. Some patients with laryngeal papillomas will undergo many surgeries over the years, depending on their breathing and voice quality.
Management of this disease is aimed at preserving a safe airway and maintaining the best voice possible, although achieving a completely normal voice may not be possible.