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Laryngeal papillomatosis with human papillomavirus DNA contracted by a laser surgeon


A 44-year-old laser surgeon presented with laryngeal papillomatosis. In situ DNA hybridization of tissue from these tumors revealed human papillomavirus DNA types 6 and 11. Past history revealed that the surgeon had given laser therapy to patients with anogenital condylomas, which are known to harbor the same viral types. These findings suggest that the papillomas in our patient may have been caused by inhaled virus particles present in the laser plume.

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Hallmo, P., Naess, O. Laryngeal papillomatosis with human papillomavirus DNA contracted by a laser surgeon. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 248, 425–427 (1991).

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Key words

  • Laser vapor
  • Human papillovirus DNA contamination
  • Laser surgeon