Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis

Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) is a disease caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The most common symptom of RRP is a hoarse, strained, breathy voice. The size and location of the masses within the vocal fold opening account for the degree of voice dysfunction. Although this is more common in children, in some situations RRP can cause breathing difficulties in adults, especially during exercise.

Fast Facts:

  • Warts in the upper airway may cause significant airway obstruction or voice change.
  • RRP is a rare viral disease.
  • The goals of therapy are to relieve airway obstruction, improve voice quality, and facilitate remission.