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A 22-year-old female asked:

are split tonsils normal ? almost looking like mini rib cages...

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Could be: The appearance of the tonsil is not as important as symptoms such as pain, obstruction, and bad odor. However, it the irregularity is only on one side, it would be a good idea to see an ENT doctor for a diagnosis.

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