Anatomy of the Condition
The larynx or voice box begins at the back of the throat. It extends down, carrying air from the nose and mouth to the trachea and then into the lungs. Several types of laryngeal tumors can occur in the larynx. At Emory Voice Center, we treat benign laryngeal tumors and malignant laryngeal tumors.
Laryngeal papillomatosis is a common benign laryngeal tumor. The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes this condition. Between 60 and 80 percent of all cases of laryngeal papillomatosis occur in children. The causes and reasons for spread of the virus are largely unknown. More than 60 identified strains of the HPV virus can cause papillomatosis. These growths can cause vocal cord damage and airway problems.
A variety of malignant tumors can also arise in the larynx.