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Conditions We Treat: Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis
Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) is a condition that involves recurrent wart-like growths on the surface of the vocal cords or tissue around the vocal cords. Caused by specific types of the human papilloma virus (HPV), recurrent respiratory papillomatosis is typically benign, but because the virus persists in the tissue. RRP tends to recur even after the growths are removed.
Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis: What You Need to Know
- Growths on the vocal cords often cause voice changes.
- Very large lesions can cause trouble breathing.
- RRP can be suspected after a vocal cord exam, but a biopsy is often performed to both confirm the diagnosis of RRP and also to make sure that the lesions show no pre-cancerous changes.
- Treatment of RRP involves carefully removing the lesions without damaging the underlying components of the vocal cords that allow vibration and voice production.
- KTP laser treatments and surgery can be used to treat recurrent respiratory papillomatosis.