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A 24-year-old male asked:

feel something stuck in tongue, found out there was an ulcer ( yellow liquid, no pain, bleeding) on my tonsil. must be tonsil cancer? other things?

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Dr. John Feola
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
R/O CRYPT TRAPPING: Tonsilar crypt trapping can cause chronic tonsillitis you need to have exam, throat cultured and a full panel of blood work. Empiric antibiotics Also ENT CONSULT re tonsillectomy if symptoms persist or do not respond to Antibiotic. The firm external sensation may be a secondary enlarged lymph node. Tonsil cancer is seen with prolonged alcohol and tobacco use, very unlikely in your situation .
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Cancer unlikely: at your age the most common cause of tonsillar ulcer is chronic (old) INFECTION! Suggest strongly you obtain the opinion of a Board Certified ENT (Ear Nose Throat) surgeon. Ask your PCP (primary Care Provider) for a referral! Hope this helps! Dr Z

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