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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