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What is an abnormal number of tonsil stones? i just extracted at least 5 good sized stones from one tonsil crypt. should i consider a tonsillectomy?

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Dr. Mark Loury
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Not sure: There isn't a defined number of abnormal stones. What is important are the symptoms. If they cause pain, bad breath, or are associated with infection, especially 6-7 infections in one year, or 3-5 yearly for>3-5 years then removal is indicated. Stones are from actinomyces, a normal mouth anaerobic resident. Sometimes augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) penicillin, or Cleocin can resolve it.

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