Vocal cord papilloma

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Hoarse voice with stridor and difficulty breathing. PH of vocal cord papilloma (resected)

Patient Data

Age: 80
Gender: Male

Papillary (lobulated) mass arising from the right vocal cord extending into the laryngeal airway

Case Discussion

Laryngeal papillomatosis is a condition associated with human papilloma virus infection and is characterized by recurrent papillomas in the laryngeal airway including the vocal cord as in this case.  It is not thought to be sexually transmitted (by oral sex).  It is treated by repeated surgical excision and antiviral medications.  If left untreated it can cause substantial airway obstruction as in this case.  It is not thought to be premalignant.

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Case information

rID: 43759
Published: 24th Mar 2016
Last edited: 24th Mar 2016
System: Head & Neck
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