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A 23-year-old male asked:

i've had swollen tonsils on one side for a few months now. no white spots and no other throat related symptoms. what could this be?

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Swollen tonsil: Sometimes asymmetry of the tonsils(tonsillar pillars), position and muscle tone. 80%of the time it is benign but 20% of the time there could be malignancy which is not known until they examine the tissue after tonsillectomy. Any lymph nodes in the neck? F/U within 2 weeks with ENT. Ask if MRI would be of any help in distinguishing between non malignant and malignant cases,

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Last updated Feb 9, 2016

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