Caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), laryngeal papillomatosis (also referred to as recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, or RRP) is a warty growth located on the larynx. Left untreated, the papilloma will continue to grow, and can impact your voice quality or even potentially block your airway.
While there currently is no cure for laryngeal papillomatosis, it can be kept in check with surgery and new therapies. Like warts, regrowth is very common, but may permanently disappear after a few surgeries. But because surgery isn’t always permanent and doesn’t cure laryngeal papillomatosis, it’s important to think about all the different ramifications frequent surgery may have on your vocal cord quality.