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Dr. Scott Rickert
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Adenoids (Overview)

Adenoids are lymphatic tissue found in the airway behind the nose in the back of the throat. Adenoids are made up of the same type of tissue as the tonsils. Both help fight infections. However, unlike the tonsils, they cannot be seen by looking in the throat. Adenoids are found in children and begin to regress before puberty. In children, enlarged adenoids can cause obstruction of the nasal airway leading to difficulty breathing, breathing through the mouth, nasally voice, snoring, and poor sleep.


Dr. Scott Rickert
328 Doctors shared insights

Adenoids (Overview)

Adenoids are lymphatic tissue found in the airway behind the nose in the back of the throat. Adenoids are made up of the same type of tissue as the tonsils. Both help fight infections. However, unlike the tonsils, they cannot be seen by looking in the throat. Adenoids are found in children and begin to regress before puberty. In children, enlarged adenoids can cause obstruction of the nasal airway leading to difficulty breathing, breathing through the mouth, nasally voice, snoring, and poor sleep.


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How often are adenoids removed in adults?

How often are adenoids removed in adults?

Almost never: Adenoids tend to disappear on their own in older kids and teens. While some could still persist in grown ups, if there is new adenoid growth in an adult it is concerning for something else growing in the area (like lymphoma or other tumor) and in that case a biopsy can be considered in the clinic, or complete removal in the operating room to assess for the underlying cause. ...Read more

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How do you know when you need adenoids out?

How do you know when you need adenoids out?

Really blocked nose.: Adenoids disappear before adulthood, so adults don't need adenoidectomy. If a child has chronic stuffy nose, and endoscopy in the office, or xray shows enlarged adenoids, or sleep apnea, then adenoidectomy should be considered. ...Read more

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Why do people have their adenoids taken out?

Why do people have their adenoids taken out?

Adenoidectomy: Adenoidectomy is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the us, and almost all cases occur in children. There are 3 major reasons to have the adenoids shrunk or removed: 1) chronic nasal obstruction and runny nose, 2) obstructive sleep apnea, 3) chronic middle ear issues also requiring repeated ear tube placement. It is a safe procedure with very little recovery afterwards. ...Read more

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Will I be able to ask to have adenoids removed?

You can ask to have: Them removed. Usually the surgeon and the insurance company would want to ensure that the surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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Please explain why people have there adenoids out?

Adenoidectomy: There are several reasons to get your adenoids out, also called an adenoidectomy. Most of the patients who undergo adenoidectomy are children. The number 1 reason for this surgery is nasal obstruction. Infection of the nose and sinuses is also common. In older patients, sometimes they will have a cyst or mass. These are less common. On rare occasion, patients can develop cancers of that area. ...Read more

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Is getting adenoids removed very painful for a child?

Not really: The question I would have is why have this surgery. It may sound very weird to you when I tell you that bad diet can cause the nasal congestion that often precipitates this kind of unneceessary surgery. Adenoids and tonsilsare very important organs in the immune system. Tonsilectomy was stopped years ago in thepolio years because it encouraged polio to strike. ...Read more

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My son is having adenoids taken out any advice please?

My son is having adenoids taken out any advice please?

Adenoids: Monitor him for pain, difficulty breathing and bleeding. Ibuprofen actually works very well for pain control for adenoid surgery. Encourage fluids and he'll eat when he's ready. ...Read more

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What causes some people to get their adenoids taken out?

Many reasons: Enlarged adenoids and tonsils cause mouth breathing, snoring, and sleep apnea with obstruction of nasopharyngeal airway. Children with obstruction are prone to recurrent infections in ears and can ge recurrent infection in tonsils (tonsillitis)and adenoids. In some children particularly neurologically impaired chronic upper airway obstruction can cause congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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What is adenoid hypertrophy?

What is adenoid hypertrophy?

Large adenoids: It's terminology which means large adenoid tissue. It's only a problem if the large adenoids are causing some obstruction of the airway or eustachian tube, and/or leading to a chronic infection. ...Read more

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Why do enlarged adenoids form?

Infection: Adenoids are lymphatic tissue that help to fight off infections. They become enlarged usually during upper respiratory, ear, and sinus infections. Allergies can contribute to enlarged adenoids as can gastroesophageal reflux (in children). ...Read more

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How to cure adenoids inflammation?

How to cure adenoids inflammation?

Depends on cause: Viral adenoid infection may last 7-10 days but will go away without treatment. Bacterial may continue until antibiotics given. It may be irritated by allergy so antihistamines or topical steroid nasal sprays may help. There is a chronic adenoid infection which is very difficult to clear. Sometimes saline nasal rinses help. ...Read more

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Do adenoids in adults need a biopsy?

Maybe: Generally the adenoids tend to shrink in size by the teen years and little of them remains beyond that. While some people can have persistence of some of their adenoids, doctors worry when there are new symptoms of enlarged adenoids in adults as it could be an indication of a tumor such as lymphoma or nasopharyngeal carcinoma. If the doctor wants to biopsy it is probably a good idea to do it. ...Read more

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Can adults have swollen adenoids too?

Swollen adenoids: Yes. Adults can get adenoid swelling along with tonsillitis. An ENT specialist should be sought out if you are having recurrent infections or having problems swallowing or breathing. ...Read more

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Is surgery the only option to cure adenoids?

No: Time and weight loss are great alternatives as long as sleep obstruction is not a serious issue. ...Read more

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Can surgery be the only option to treat adenoids?

Yes unless: In most cases, yes. That is assuming that recent illness hasn't caused short-term symptoms from adenoid enlargement. ...Read more

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How much does it cost to remove adenoids privately?

A LOT: Adenoidectomy (i assume you mean in a child) requires a general anesthetic with a breathing tube. So there is a surgeon fee of 300-1000+, an anesthesia fee of similar, and a facility fee (surgery site and nursing care and supplies) of way more than that. Shop around to see what charges will be. It's really best to get the child on an insurance plan to have it done while they are covered. ...Read more

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Does having your adenoids removed change your voice?

Does having your adenoids removed change your voice?

Speech, not voice.: Adenoidectomy can change speech, but not voice usually. Speech can become hypernasal (too much air coming through the nose) for a variety of reasons. This should be checked by you ENT doctor, or a speech pathologist. ...Read more

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What type of scan/exam can detect enlarged adenoids?

Office exam: In office nasal endoscopy by an otolaryngologsit would detect adenoid enlargment, for young children who might not tolerate this exam a simple x-ray could assess size of adenoid tissue. ...Read more

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Please tell me can enlarged adenoids cause deformity?

No deformity: Enlarged adenoids can cause nasopharyngeal obstruction with tonsils with mouth breathing, sleep apnea, and snoring. Infections of tonsils and adenoids may alsonecessitate surgery. ...Read more

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How can I feel after getting my adenoid surgery tomorrow?

How can I feel after getting my adenoid surgery tomorrow?

Adenoidectomy: Adenoid surgery is somewhat uncommon for adults. However, you will likely have a mild sore throat from the breathing tube used for general anesthesia. You'll probably have a mild to moderate degree of discomfort, which should easily be taken care of with a mild narcotic like tylenol (acetaminophen) with Codeine or hydrocodone. Good luck with your surgery! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Missing adenoids?

Missing adenoids: Adenoid tissue in nasopharynx has either atrophied with age or has been surgically removed. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat oversized adenoids without surgery?

No not really: At your age you should consider not having them removed unless you are having specific problems with their size, like difficulty swallowing, discomfort, or chronic infection. Mine are rather large and do not bother me. When I get a cold they may be sore for a while. I gargle with warm salt water and symptoms subside in 3-4 days. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: enlarged adenoids?

Obstruction: Enlarged adenoids are swollen lymphatic tissue with the nasal passages. It can cause snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. This tissue can be removed as in tonsillectomy to relieve obstruction. ...Read more

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What kind of specialist would I need to see for my adenoids?

Adenoids: You do mean adenoids that are associated with your tonsils, if so then I suggest an ent. ...Read more

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For what reasons might the growth of adenoids cause earaches?

Adenoid/Ear infectio: The adenoids are located in the back of the nose next to the tube that drains the ears- the eustachian tube. A large adenoid can block this tube and prevents the ears from draining well and that can lead to recurrent ear infection. ...Read more

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Could getting your adenoids removed improve your singing voice?

Adenoids: At your age, the likelihood of your adenoids causing any particular problem would be quite unusual. For most patients, the adenoid pad gets smaller by the time they reach age 12. Allergies, sinus infection and reflux can cause then to stay enlarged, though. If there were enlarged, removal can often change the voice, but whether your singing voice would be improved is impossible to predict. ...Read more

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How am I going to feel after getting my adenoid surgery tomorrow?

Sore throat/neck: Typically you will feel sore throat, ear aches or a stiff neck after adenoid surgery. It lasts about 1 week during recovery and slowly improves. The first day will also have some post anesthesia affect so you will not feel completely yourself due to that. The best course is to rest for the first few days during recovery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of enlarged adenoids and how is it treated?

Nasalobstruction: Symptoms include but not limited to: nasal, obstruction, snoring, mouth breathing, recurrent sinus infection, ear infection and middle ear fluid causing diminished hearing.
Treatment depend on age, severity of symptoms and size of adenoid.
Treating underlying infection and nasal steroid spray may help, but adenoidectomy (adenoid removal) is usually recommended if severely enlaerged adenoid. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of leaving enlarged adenoids untreated?

Nasal congestion: Adenoids sit behind the nose. In children enlarged adenoids are somewhat common and can result in nasal congestion, post nasal drip, runny nose, and contribute to sinus infections. Usually this is short-lived and no therapy is necessary but if lasting more than a month, consideration of nasal steroids and saline is made for treatment. Sometimes an adenoidectomy is performed. ...Read more

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Are there environmental reasons why children have enlarged adenoids?

Yes: Adenoids are lymph nodes, they drain infections. Many infections are airborne. There are winter viruses and summer viruses,
that you get just from someone sneezing near you or just from airborne droplets. The adenoids are acting to clean the body of these infections. ...Read more

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Is surgery the only option to treat adenoids? If not, what else is there?

Depends on Situation: No, surgery is not the only “answer”. Much will depend on the individual patient's history and physical. Therefore, best to seek consultation with ENT physicians for accurate advise; online consultants cannot be specific enough. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to eat solids again after getting adenoids removed?

No need to wait...: You can eat again right away. But having adenoids removed is something usually done in kids and not adults... Are you sure it wasn't your tonsils? If so, it may be more painful to eat solids but they should still be okay to eat whenever you want to try. ...Read more

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What would be you diagnosis for a swollen adenoid and a elongated/lifeless uvella?

Sleep disorder: You have given us the findings. Do you know that you indeed have a large swollen uvula and an enlarged adenoid? In a 29 year old with these objective findings, I would worry about a sleep disorder. You may benefit from a sleep study. ...Read more

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Ii have a small, cartoon-like voice. Can this be caused by large, present adenoids in adults?

Voice pitch: The pitch of your voice is determined by the length of your vocal cords. I don't think enlarged adenoids would change the pitch of your voice. ...Read more

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My child 7yrs was diagonalized with adenoid enlarge and need surgery, please is there no other means of cure?

My child 7yrs was diagonalized with adenoid enlarge and need surgery, please is there no other means of cure?

Enlarged adenoid: Nasal steroid spray may help to reduce size of adenoid but will need a long period of time. The spray also reduce nasal congestion from allergy. ...Read more

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Can adenoids become enlarged in adults and cause problems? If so, what are some of the common causes for adenoid hypertrophy in adults?

Yes: Adenoid hypertrophy in adults is unusual. Possible causes are infection, hiv, bcell lymphoma, multiple myeloma, etc. Symptoms are nasal congestion, drainage, change in speech quality, nasal drainage, or bleeding. ...Read more

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My son had his adenoids out 5 days ago and is still snoring really loud, is this normal? Please help very worried something is wrong. Thanks

Normal: There tends to be a lot of local 'edema, ' secretions, clots, and/or crusting/scabbing of area of surgery, whether tonsils, adenoids, or both. Don't judge for improvement of any kind (breathing or otherwise) until at least 3 weeks have passed to settle down and let wound healing progress from initial inflammatory stages. ...Read more

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What is a treatment for adenoid pain?

What is a treatment for adenoid pain?

Tough question: I sincerely doubt that you know what adenoid pain is. That is a most rare complaint. The adenoid is the lymphoid tissue in the back of your nose and rarely even when infected produces pain. I do not doubt that this is possible but usually inflammation of the adenoid leads to either sinusitis, ear infection or a pussy discharge from the nose. Please give us more information. ...Read more