Recurrent papilloma is a rare disease that causes tumors to grow in the respiratory tract. Tumors usually develop around the vocal cords and can spread downward into the trachea, bronchi and even the lungs.
Caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), the most common symptoms include a persistently hoarse, weak, breathy or strained voice. As the disease progresses, shortness of breath can occur as the airway becomes blocked.
Surgery is required to remove the tumors. A distinguishing part of this disease is the tendency for the tumors to regrow after they have been removed; hence the recurrent in its name.
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