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    Dr Matthew Broadhurst

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    Dr Matt Broadhurst is a fellowship trained laryngeal surgeon specialising in laryngeal surgery and voice restoration. He returned to Brisbane from Boston, Massachusetts in 2007 … View Profile

    As a laryngologist/throat specialist, I see HPV infections in the voice box and trachea/lungs where it is can be quite debilitating. As a viral infection, there is no known cure for HPV but recent advances in KTP laser therapy and anti-blood vessel growth agents like Avastin have had very good effects. Patients have exceptionally good voice preservation and reduced number of procedures with these newer techniques to control the disease and a moderate number even go into remission. And even better is that with flexible laser fibre technology, papilloma can be treated safely in the office as an awake procedure rather than repeated general anaesthetics.

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