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5 yrs ago saw ent for unrelated issue, tonsils normal sized. now saw him and he said tonsils very enlarged. why'd they grow so much in 5 yrs?

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Dr. Thomas Gustafson
13 years experience Sleep Medicine
Yes and No: For the severe nasal deviation, this can definitely affect snoring but in general is not felt to be a strong risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a collapse of the flexible airway behind the tongue / soft palate area. Enlarged tonsils theoretically could have risk, but has not been felt to be strong, especially in adults. For children, the adenoids are felt to be more causal.
Answered on Feb 17, 2017
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Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Large tonsils: repeated viral infections or other inflammatory etiology. If asymmetric, consider lymphoma.
Answered on Feb 17, 2017
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Dr. Philip Miller
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I suggest an ENT evaluation and pharyngoscopy.
Feb 17, 2017

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