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what is enlarged tonsils?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Enlarged tonsils: Tonsils are collections of lymphoid tissue located on either side of the back of the throat. Lingual tonsils in the middle of the back of the tongue. They trap bacteria and viruses that enter through the throat and produce antibodies, specifically secretory iga. Tonsils usually enlarge in the course of bacterial or viral infection. Think strep throat or mono. A benign tumor or cancer is possible.
Answered on Jul 20, 2012
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Secretory IgA: Dr. Balagun is almost perfectly correct. I know this is immunological trivia but nevertheless, let's be absolutely accurate. Secretory IgA is not synthesized by the palatine tonsils because the latter are covered with squamous epithelium (modified skin) and thus does not synthesize secretory component. However, the adenoid (tonsil in the back of the nose) does because the surface does produce sc.
Answered on Feb 4, 2018
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