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Laryngeal Papilloma 

Laryngeal papillomas are warts that grow on and near the vocal cords. These are caused by the human papilloma virus, or HPV. Laryngeal papillomas, even when small, can cause significant hoarseness. When larger, they can also cause airway obstruction 

Conventional treatment for laryngeal papilloma includes removal in the operating room, sometimes with carbon dioxide laser. For smaller lesions, however, papillomas can often be treated in the office with just topical anesthesia using special lasers (KTP and PDL) that target the small blood vessels that supply the papillomas. Patients can have their treatment and return to work the same day.   

Cidofovir® is an antiviral drug which has been shown to inhibit and sometimes reverse the growth of laryngeal papilloma. Typically, Cidofovir® is injected directly into the papilloma growths and is usually done as an outpatient procedure.