Papilloma definition

Papilloma definition

Papilloma - A general classification of tumors arising from the epidermis (outer layer of the SKIN) as well as the epithelial layer of the mucous membranes. Warts, HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV) lesions (also called condylomata or genital warts), and POLYPS are papillomas. Though papillomas are noncancerous (benign), some types of papillomas, notably intestinal polyps, are the foundation for certain cancers. Doctors generally remove polyps and treat HPV infections and lesions because these are among the papillomas that can become cancerous. Many people prefer to have common warts removed for cosmetic purposes. Irritation such as from clothing that rubs or frequent trauma can cause papillomas to bleed.

See also ACROCHORDON; ADENOCARCINOMA; ADENOMA-TO-CARCINOMA TRANSITION; COLORECTAL CANCER; INFECTION; LESION; WART.

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