Description of laryngeal papillomas

• May 13, 2013 • Comments (0)

Here’s possibly the best description of laryngeal papillomas (warts on the voicebox), which are caused by the HPV virus (the same one which causes cervical cancer in women) and affect roughly 4 children and 2 adults out of every 100,000 people in the US.  The virus recurs, even after treatment, and can cause voice problems or breathing difficulties.  Dr. Anderson can treat these warts with a KTP laser in the clinic, which eliminates the risk of going under anesthesia in an operating room.  The KTP laser chokes off the blood supply to the wart, while minimizing scarring to surrounding tissue.  It is more precise and causes less damage to surrounding tissues, relative to the CO2 laser or microdebriders (which are basically rotating shaver blades). The KTP laser treatment is available in very few places in North America, including St. Michael’s Hospital and Massachusetts General in Boston.

I’m always amazed at the medical advancements that can occur in just a few short years.  It’s something to consider when a doc proposes a treatment that could have a significant negative impact on your quality of life.  If the problem is not life-threatening and treatment can be deferred for a few years, I’d definitely wait.

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Category: Papillomatosis, St. Michael's Hospital Voice Chair, Uncategorized, Voice problem, Voice treatment

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