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do tonsils shrink with age

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not clear: Tonsils do not necessarily "automatically" go away as children get older. The adenoids which are similar to the tonsils usually do regress during the ... Read More
Dr. Gregory Boger
24 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends: They can get smaller during 20s to adulthood. They may never get smaller. Various factors play into tonsillar size, including acute infection, chronic ... Read More
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Dr. John McClay
30 years experience Head and Neck Surgery
Teenage years: At birth, your tonsils and adenoids (t&a) are small and your immune system is immature. Your t&a are immunological structures and make antibodies to p ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hashim Alani
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Tonsils: The same risk as in younger age. You need the right ENT surgeon to see to it that there is no complicating factor to do the tonsillectomy at this age ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
By seeing the doctor: If a strep infection had increased the size of the tonsils, the doctor may treat with antibiotics. If a viral infection (such as mono) had enlarged th ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John McClay
30 years experience Head and Neck Surgery
By preteen/teenager: At birth, your tonsils and adenoids (t&a) are small and your immune system is immature. Your t&a are immunological structures and make antibodies to p ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Absolutely not: In the hands of a competent, board certified ENT surgeon, the risk is not any greater than it is in children. Severe pain and a 1% chance of post-ope ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
For good reason: Adults get tonsils removed mainly for 1) treatment of sleep apnea, 2) clear obstructive swallowing, 3)recurrent infections, 4) tumor removal, 5) bad ... Read More
A 7-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
When necessary: There is no automatic age for tonsil removal & it is best not to remove them if it can be avoided. Toddlers or children with sleep apnea, or children ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No: If you have no symptoms, a shrunken tonsil is not a cause for concern.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: I've removed tonsils from a 1 year old and an 85 year old. Age is not a contraindication to tonsil surgery.
A female asked:
Dr. Guy Farmer
29 years experience General Surgery
Don't know: i would see an ENT. DO YOU SMOKE? If so I would really see an ENT.

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