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December 1956

Laryngeal Papillomatosis: Its Treatment at the Hospital Infantil de México

Author Affiliations

México, D. F., Mexico
Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Bron-choesophagology, Hospital Infantil de Mexico. Chief of Service: Dr. del Villar.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;64(6):480-485. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830180030007

The history and the etiologic theories, as well as the histopathology, of laryngeal-papillomatosis may be easily found in numerous articles and textbooks. Both Hollinger and associates1 and Kohlmoos2 have recently described it clearly, yet our best efforts at treatment may be hindered by the number of etiologic theories in existence, none of which can be incontrovertibly proved.

So long as the exact etiology of laryngeal papillomatosis remains unknown, it will be most difficult to determine precise and adequate treatment and, ideally, prevention of the disease. Without this knowledge, only a fortunate coincidence or simply luck will permit the discovery of a definite means of curing so serious and troublesome a disease, which will continue to be a problem for the pediatrician and the otorhinolaryngologist.

Classically, laryngeal papillomas constitute a nosological entity in adults as well as in children, although they differ basically; in adults, surgical removal is