I would like to know if my uvular squamous papilloma requires surgery or if it is self-resolving, as well as whether it is contagious.
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Q. Is uvular squamous papilloma contagious and does it require surgery or is it self-resolving?

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Dr. Murari. M.
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been told that I have a squamous papilloma on my uvula. I wonder whether surgery is the only modality of treatment, or can it likely resolve by itself? I have been assured that it is benign. But I am very scared of passing it on. I have a partner who knows about this however, I am scared that I might pass it on to her. Could you please give some clarity?

Answered by  Dr. Murari. M.


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I can certainly understand what is going through your mind and it can be quite stressful. It is good to know that you are concerned about the safety of your partner as well. Thanks for the excellent image that you have shared. This does certainly look like a papillomatous lesion on the uvula. Usually, a benign wart-like condition caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), can be transmitted through oral sex or intimacy and can be a potential oncogenic (cancer-causing) virus. There is also a small risk of this harboring cancer or undergoing a malignant transition and hence it is best to undergo a complete excision biopsy of the lesion. There is a small chance of this lesion regressing by itself like a skin wart, but the chances are very less.

I have written an article on the HPV virus, its infection, and management which you can find on the icliniq website. Please go through it as it would be helpful in clarifying your doubts and will provide in-depth details of this condition.

I hope you had a pleasant experience at icliniq. I will be always available in case you have any further queries.

Thank you.

The Probable causes:

The probable cause could be an HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) infection.

Differential diagnosis:

The differential diagnosis could be a papillomatous lesion in the uvula, or an oropharyngeal cancer.

Treatment plan:

The suggested treatment plan is an excision biopsy.

Preventive measures:

Kindly read the article on the 'Human Papilloma Virus- ENT Overview' which is available on the icliniq website.

Regarding follow up:

Kindly follow up in case of any further clarifications.

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