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A 22-year-old female asked:

Last night i felt something go down my throat when i yawned. after coughing, i realized it was a tonsil stone. should i be concerned?

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Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 22 years experience
Tonsilloliths: The tonsillar glandular tissue has many crypts, fissures and areas that can accumulate bacteria, food debris, mucus, leukocytes, etc - which can concentrate and form firm tonsilloliths. These can be signs of chronic inflammation of the tonsils, frequent bouts of tonsillitis or tonsillar abscesses are all strong indications that you may benefit from a tonsillectomy - best to consult and ent.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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