Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) refers to a wart-like growth on the surface of the larynx. Caused by human papilloma virus (HPV), RRP is typically benign, but because the virus persists in the tissue, RRP tends to recur even after it is removed.
The symptoms of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis include:
- Hoarse, rough voice
- Increased vocal effort
- Breathing problems, (if lesions grow large)
Diagnosing Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis (RRP)
Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) can be suspected on exam of the larynx, and diagnosis is confirmed by a biopsy of the growth.
Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis (RRP) Treatment
Dr. Lee Akst is one of only a few doctors in the nation offering treatment of papilloma by KTP laser. The state-of-the-art KTP laser allows Dr. Akst to treat layers of diseased tissue without damaging underlying normal portions of the vocal cord, which reduces the amount of scarring and preserves the natural voice. KTP laser treatment does not require a visit to the operating room – it can be done as an in-office procedure.
While surgery treats the symptoms of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, it does not treat the underlying cause (human papilloma virus). Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis is known to return, so it is important to receive frequent examinations and undergo occasional surgery to limit the effects of RRP on the larynx.
Make an Appointment
Contact the Johns Hopkins Voice Center by calling 443-997-6467 (443-997-OHNS).