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one enlarged tonsil, could it be a cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
28 years experience Pathology
Not likely.: Usually, if a tonsil is enlarged, it is associated with infection. Acute pharyngitis has many causes, gp. A beta-hemolytic streptococcus, n. Gonorrhoe, and c. Diphtheriae being notable. Patients have tonsillar asymmetry, and a "hot potato voice". Oral cancer patients have non-healing ulcers that can be painful. Cervical and/or supraclavicular lymph nodes can be rock hard and enlarged.
Answered on Mar 12, 2020
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
I doubt, but...: While it is true that there are a lot of things that can make the tonsils enlarged- and most commonly is infections - cancer in the tonsil can happen and is also presented with enlargement of the tonsil. If you are in doubt- go to see your doctor and perhaps an ENT if that looks suspicious. They will evaluate you and perhaps removing the tonsil if that looks suspicious.
Answered on Jul 4, 2018
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Could be: How long has the unilateral enlargement lasted? What are associated symptoms? Is there lymph node enlargement? It is not feasible to give a reasonable answer without examining the lesion and may be taking a biopsy for examination of the tissue by a pathologist. It would be prudent to consult your doctor.
Answered on Feb 17, 2017
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