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Living with Papilloma: Jacob's Story

Jacob Marshall is 19 years old and he has already had more than 36 surgeries. And it's likely he will need many more.

Marshall suffers from a rare condition called recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, a disease that affects only three to five people out of 100,000. Small benign growths grow and re-grow on Jacob's larynx, in and around his vocal folds. When the growths get too large, they begin to affect his ability to speak and breathe.


UW Health otolaryngologist Seth Dailey, MD, says Jacob's long-term prognosis is excellent and new surgical techniques have made treatment less cumbersome. Read more about Jacob's story


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