Genital Warts (cont.)
Genital Warts Outlook
- In many cases, genital warts fail to respond to treatment or come back
even after an removal.
- Reappearance of abnormal cells on the cervix of women is not altered by
treatment of their sexual partners.
- Recurrence rates of genital warts are greater than 50% after one year and
have been attributed to the following factors:
- Recurrent infection from a sexual partner; infection with multiple
HPV types is possible
- Potentially long incubation time of HPV
- Persistence of the virus in the surrounding skin, in the hair follicle, or
in sites that are missed by the treatment used
- Deep lesions or lesions that cannot be detected
- Genital warts often appear or increase in number during
infections may also become activated. The presence of genital warts may make vaginal
delivery difficult if they are in the cervix or vagina, and
warts in these locations tend to bleed easily.
The warts often disappear on their own after pregnancy. The real danger,
however, is that newborns may become infected during passage through an infected
birth canal. HPV can cause a very serious condition in children called recurrent
respiratory papillomatosis (RRP). This is a life-threatening disease of the
respiratory tract. The papillomas or warts appear and spread quickly, sometimes
dangerously blocking the child's airway.
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