Voice / Larynx Archives

High- and Low-Risk HPV Subtypes

Q:  I have a low-risk subtype of HPV.  Can you explain what this means? A: The human papilloma virus (HPV) comes in 150 or more subtypes.  Think of it like the many models of automobiles that all fall under the designation “Ford.”  Subtypes found most often in the respiratory and genital tracts are 6 and 11.  HPV infection… Read more »

HPV Infection–Subtypes

Q:  HPV apparently has different subtypes.  What can you tell me about them? A:  Human papilloma virus infection can consist of as many as 150 different subtypes.  Some are related to skin infection (causing warts).  Some are more common in genital or respiratory sites.  Genital lesions are typically called condylomata, or genital warts.  In the… Read more »

RRP-HPV-Papillomas General

Q:  What is the relationship between the terms RRP, HPV, and Papilloma? A:  The underlying disorder is HPV (human papilloma virus) infection of the airway, especially the larynx.  The virus “sets up house” chronically inside airway and stimulates a kind of proliferation called papillomas, or papillomatosis.  Because these lesions tend to recur after surgical removal,… Read more »

Acid Reflux with No Symptoms?

Q:  I’m told I have acid reflux, but how can that be if I don’t have heartburn? A: It is possible to have an MI (heart attack) without any chest pain.  In the same way, it is possible to have acid reflux up the esophagus without any heartburn.  Beyond this, even if acid comes up into… Read more »