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Laryngitis Facts

  • Laryngitis is the medical term for inflammation and swelling of the larynx, which is also known as the voice box.
  • Most of the causes of laryngitis, such as common viruses infections or using your voice too much, are not serious.
  • A few causes, however, require medical attention and can be cause for concern such as laryngeal cancer.
  • As such, when laryngitis persists, be aware that this may indicate a more significant medical problem.

Laryngitis Causes

If the laryngitis is from a viral or bacterial infection, it is possible that the specific virus or bacteria can be contagious. However, if the laryngitis is from laryngeal cancer or overuse of the voice, it is not contagious.
Last Reviewed 11/20/2017

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Laryngeal Papillomatosis Symptoms

Normally, voice is produced when air from the lungs is pushed past two side-by-side elastic muscles - called vocal folds or vocal cords - with sufficient pressure to cause them to vibrate. When the tumors interfere with the normal vibrations of the vocal folds, it causes hoarseness, which is the most common symptom of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP). Eventually, the tumors may block the airway passage and cause difficulty breathing.

Because the tumors grow quickly, young children with the disease may find it difficult to breathe when sleeping, or they may experience difficulty swallowing. Adults and children may experience hoarseness, chronic coughing, or breathing problems. The symptoms tend to be more severe in children than in adults; however, some children experience some relief or remission of the disease when they begin puberty. Because of the similarity of the symptoms, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis is sometimes misdiagnosed as asthma or chronic bronchitis.

SOURCE: NIDOCD. Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis or Laryngeal Papillomatosis.

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