HPV can also cause throat infection in kids: study

CTV News Toronto

Canada

Updated: Wed Jul. 07 2010 2:22:02 PM

CTV.ca News Staff

HPV, or human papilloma virus, is well-known as the virus that can lead to genital warts and cervical cancer. But, doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto say it can also cause a devastating throat warts in children.

Mothers with genital infections of HPV can pass the virus on to their children during pregnancy or childbirth, where it can cause wart-like lesions of the nose, the back of the throat, and the trachea of their babies.

These lesions interfere with breathing and require frequent surgical removal for years.

The affliction is known as juvenile onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, or JoRRP, and although it’s relatively rare, it takes a significant toll on patients and their families, new research has found.

Dr. Paolo Campisi, and associate professor in the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology and an otolaryngologist at SickKids, set out to study the prevalence of JoRRP, using data collected from colleagues across Canada.

The study is thought to be the first to estimate the scope and impact of the condition in Canada.

His team found that the prevalence of the condition is about 1.11 per 100,000 in Canada. They say between 1994 and 2007, 243 cases were reported in kids under the age of 14. But that small number of cases required a substantial 3,021 surgeries.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.