A 52-year-old female asked:
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cause of large, pale lingual tonsils touching epiglottis with yellow sticky mucus? have follicular non-hodgkin's lymphoma -what else can cause this?

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Dr. A Daniel Pinheiro
24 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsils: I suspect you mean the "regular" tonsils which are also called the pharyngeal tonsils. The lingual tonsils are at the base of the tongue and you wouldn't be able to see these yourself. They are both part of the Waldeyer's ring in the oropharynx. Lymphoma & carcinoma can certainly affect this area. Chronic tonsillitis and Mono are other infectious causes of tonsillar enlargement
Answered on Jun 15, 2014
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