U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 30-year-old female asked:

What does it mean to have, as an adult, a "rather large" amount of lymphatic tissue in the nasopharynx? nasal channels "normal" after endoscopy.

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jonathan Mills
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 14 years experience
Adenoid hypertrophy: It sounds like your ENT likely saw large adenoids on nasal endoscopy. The adenoid pad is formed by lymphatic tissue and exists on the back wall of the space behind your nasal cavities. Adenoid enlargement is common in young children but unusual in adults. Causes can include chronic infection (common) HIV, lymphoma, or other tumor. Your ENT could perform a biopsy if it looked at all suspicious.
Last updated Jul 16, 2018


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.