[Question #2823] Oral hpv

40 months ago
I went to an ENT DR and was told I have a squamous papilloma  on my uvula and it's nothing to worry about . She said it's not an std , not contagious  and she will snip it off and I can go on like nothing happened ?  I looked up. Squamous papilloma and it says type 6-12 cause it . So I'm confused 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
40 months ago
Welcome to the Forum.  I'll be glad to comment.  Not all papilloma's of the uvula are due to HPV and even when oral HPV is present only a tiny proportion of those progress to cancer.  Uvular papilloma's are easily removed (ay an ENT) and do not recur in 96% of cases.  My guess is that your ENT will send the specimen he/she removes and send it for pathological evaluation which will inform what sort of follow-up is needed.

As an FYI, about 7% of all American adults have oral HPV and only a tiny proportion of those infections cause any problems. 

I hope this comment is helpful.  EWH
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40 months ago
I have been  doing some research and squamous papillomas  are benign tumors that may or may not be caused by HPV .? My doctor says it not contagious and does not exoect HPV DNA in the biopsy and  they are common in people between 30-50. Does this  all sound accurate . I'm am definitely concerned and a little freaked out 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
40 months ago
It is not clear to me that you read my reply.  You repeated what I said back to me, which is also pretty much what your doctor said to you.  I think yu are getting ahead of things.  Please re-read my original reply.  EWH
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