A subtype of the human papillomavirus (HPV) which is less common in the airway than the more common subtypes 6 and 11. HPV 55 is associated with an intermediate degree of risk of cancer formation, as compared to other subtypes of HPV.
Papillomas: HPV Subtype 55 (1 of 4)
Papillomas of the vocal cords, in a patient with HPV subtype 55, which is intermediate-risk for progressing to cancer.
Papillomas: HPV Subtype 55 (2 of 4)
Same exam, with narrow-band lighting, which accentuates the vascular pattern of the papillomas.
Papillomas, in remission: HPV Subtype 55 (3 of 4)
Same patient, years later, in remission, and with normal voice. No sign of papillomas here or anytime during the prior three and a half years, after meticulous removal and Cidofovir treatment.
Papillomas, in remission: HPV Subtype 55 (4 of 4)
Same exam as photo 3, with narrow-band lighting. The vascular dots on the vocal cords are not HPV-related.