Laryngeal Papillomatosis

What is laryngeal papillomatosis?

Laryngeal papillomatosis (also recurrent respiratory papillomatosis) is caused by the HPV virus (human papilloma) and presents with warty growths of the upper airways. In severe cases the lower airways and lungs may also be involved.

 

What are the symptoms?

Some of the symptoms that often occur in infants and children include noisy breathing (stridor), hoarseness, weak crying and in severe cases difficulty breating (airway obstruction).

 

How can it be treated?

Laryngeal papillomatosis is an extremely difficult condition to treat as it has a tendency to recur. Removing the growths is effective treatment but often this need to be repeated. Vaccination with the quadrivalent HPV vaccine is recommended.