A 43-year-old member asked:
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can you get tonsil stones without having tonsils?

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Dr. Michele Richards
24 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not typically: Tonsil stones form when mucus and food debris get stuck in crypts of tonsils, typically shouldn't occur if tonsils completely removed.
Answered on Aug 9, 2017
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Dr. David Martin
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsil stones: No. Tonsils form in the crypts of the tonsils. No crypts, no tonsil stones. You can, however, get food stuck in scar tissue from tonsillectomy, which can lead to debris like a tonsil stone.
Answered on Nov 26, 2020
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Dr. Thomas Costello
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Kalantar
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Rosenthal
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Dr. Patrick Melder
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