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Laryngeal papillomatosis is a rare disease caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). More than 60 HPVs exist. Laryngeal papillomatosis causes the growth of tumors inside the voice box, vocal cords, or the air passage from the nose to the lungs. Most laryngeal papillomas (tumors) occur in children before the age of three. The tumors are usually quick growing and can vary in size, causing breathing and swallowing problems. Other symptoms may include coughing and hoarseness.
Treatment for laryngeal papillomas may include surgery to remove the tumors. Other treatment options may include:
Because the tumors tend to return, repeat surgery may be necessary. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.