Laryngeal papilloma

A warty growth in the larynx, usually on the vocal cords. Persistent hoarseness is a common symptom. Laryngeal papillomatosis involves numerous warty growths on the vocal cords, most commonly in young children. Recurrences are, unfortunately, frequent. Remission may occur after several years. The disease can be due to the baby contracting human papilloma virus (HPV) during birth through the vaginal canal from a mother with genital warts (which are due to HPV). Each year, about 300 infants are born with the virus on their vocal cords because of maternal transmission.

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