A 23-year-old female asked:
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went to ent for asymmetric tonsil. he noted my left adenoid is extremely enlarged but doesn't look like cancer/infection. what else causes asymmetry?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Old scar: These adenoids are often scarred up from an infection years ago that they saved you from.
Answered on Dec 3, 2015
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Dr. Forrest Jones
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No worries: Since you do not have infection, and you have no symptoms, this asymmetry is not a health problem. And without history of malignancy or immunocompromise, there is no increased risk of cancer. Hope that helps.
Answered on Dec 3, 2015
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