Laryngeal Papillomatosis exampleLaryngeal papillomatosis is caused by benign wart-like growths which develop on the tissues of the larynx (voice box). This is causes by exposure to the human papilloma virus. HPV 6 and 11 are the most common viral strains. This condition is often recurrent and unpredictable in nature. 


Symptoms of laryngeal papillomatosis vary depending on the size of the growths and which laryngeal tissues are affected. Most patients report voice changes including hoarseness/raspiness, breathiness, and reduced volume. Larger papilloma can cause laryngeal obstruction and resultant shortness of breath. 


Our voice care team at the Voice and Swallowing Center has the advanced training and skills necessary to diagnose this voice condition. During the initial visit, you will be assessed by one of our laryngologists and in some cases, an additional session with one of our voice pathologists. We use cutting-edge diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your voice disorder and to develop your plan of care. Following a thorough discussion of your symptoms and medical history, be expected to undergo the following assessments: 
  • Video Laryngostroboscopy: Using a small camera inserted through the nose or mouth, our specialists are able to assess the health and function of your larynx (voice box) and determine the presence of any vocal fold growths or abnormalities.

  • Perceptual, Acoustic, and Aerodynamic Voice Evaluation: This is a comprehensive assessment of multiple voice parameters completed by the voice pathologist.

Treatment Options for Laryngeal Papillomatosis

Surgical treatment options involve carefully removing the growths. Your laryngologist will discuss surgical options with you, including laryngeal microsurgery and laser treatments. In many cases, laryngeal papillomatosis is treated in the operating room under general anesthesia; however, some cases might allow for in-office treatments.