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How common are enlarged tonsils in adults? Mine are grade 4 resulting in apnea

How common are enlarged tonsils in adults? Mine are grade 4 resulting in apnea

Tonsils: Relatively common. There are guidelines for tonsillectomy. Depends on frequency of infection, whether or peritonsilar abscess, sleep apnea, etc. rMost tonsils decrease in size in older teens and your adults. Risk/benefit considerations.. See an ENT. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...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?

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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Does enlarged adenoids in children cause asthsma?

Does enlarged adenoids in children cause asthsma?

No: Asthma has a complex origin in genetic and environmental triggers. Kids with enlarged adenoids are often sicker than others for a number of reasons, but the presence of the enlargement does not cause asthma. ...Read more

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What can cause obstructive sleep apnea in children that already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

What can cause obstructive sleep apnea in children that already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

Other causes: An enlarged tongue, a retruded lower jaw, excess tissue in the soft palate, a deviated septum, enlarged nose turbinates or nasal polyps can all contribute to obstructive sleep apnes. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Should the 2 tonsils be approximately the same size?does unilateral tonsil enlargement in adults warrant medical attention?

Should the 2 tonsils be approximately the same size?does unilateral tonsil enlargement in adults warrant medical attention?

Absolutely: Unilateral tonsillar enlargement should be evaluated by an Ear, Nose and Throat physician. Sometimes it can be normal but often it is due to a disorder in the larger tonsil that requires evaluation. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What causes obstructive sleep apnea in children who already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

What causes obstructive sleep apnea in children who already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

Sleep apnea: Is your child in the normal weight catagory- if they are heavier or their body anatomy like a narrow palate or thick neck could cause a smaller airway that may be a factor. They may need orthodontia to help open the air way. ...Read more

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Can't enlarged tonsils cause a speech delay in a two year old?

Can't enlarged tonsils cause a speech delay in a two year old?

I've never seen it: I've dealt with the issue for three decades & never seen it as a primary cause. If the kid has a sleep disorder related to sleep apnea/tonsil size i could see it causing chronic health problems, but not changing the emergence of speech & language skills in a kid that was ready. ...Read more

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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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I have a goiter as well as enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Possible sleep apnea. Can goiter play a role in sleep apnea or just soft palative tissues?

I have a goiter as well as enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Possible sleep apnea. Can goiter play a role in sleep apnea or just soft palative tissues?

Yes: Yes, obstructive sleep apnea is worsened by any factors that create blockage in the upper airway (throat). Extra tissue in a redundant ('floppy') soft palate, hypertrophied adenoids or tonsils, or even, rarely, a thyroid enlarged by goiter large enough to push the airway inward and narrow it further. ...Read more

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My tonsils and uvula are both swollen the tonsils more than the uvula, both have white spots and I have difficulty swallowing. could this be mono?

My tonsils and uvula are both swollen the tonsils more than the uvula, both have white spots and I have difficulty swallowing. could this be mono?

Sore throat: Pus in the back of the throat area could be due to Strep, mono or other infectious causes. Good to get a culture of that in a docs office or urgent care center where you can get placed on the right treatment. Sometimes a clue to the etiology is your contacts prior to the symptoms you have-- if you've been around someone with Strep, then it's Strep most likely. Kissing with a new partner-mayb mono ...Read more

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Have a chronic sore throat which hurts more when swallowing, and pain in my ears when swallowing. Also recurrent problems with fluid behind my eardrums, large tonsils and adenoids. Get surgery?

Have a chronic sore throat which hurts more when swallowing, and pain in my ears when swallowing. Also recurrent problems with fluid behind my eardrums, large tonsils and adenoids. Get surgery?

Allergies?: You should be evaluated first by a physician to see if that's what you really need. It is possible the symptoms you are having could be caused by allergies. Of course you need a good exam and maybe surgery is the answer but i like to try the medical route before i take a patient to surgery. ...Read more

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Is snoring linked to speech difficulties in children?

Snoring and Speech: Generally snoring and speech are not related. Not sure, go see an ENT to get an opinion. ...Read more

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Wat causes enlarged adenoids &tonsils in child?Doc said tonsils grade at 2 & adenoids are very large & to see allergist.Has asthma and acid reflux

Wat causes enlarged adenoids &tonsils in child?Doc said tonsils grade at 2 & adenoids are very large & to see allergist.Has asthma and acid reflux

Drainage: Drainage and infection cause tonsil enlargement. Adenoids too. Little ones have small sinuses and tend to have constant drainage which causes tonsillar hypertrophy. ...Read more

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College student. Asymmetrical swelling of tonsils, and mostly one-sided head and neck lymphadenopathy. Tiredness and foggy brain. Tonsil cancer?

College student. Asymmetrical swelling of tonsils, and mostly one-sided head and neck lymphadenopathy. Tiredness and foggy brain. Tonsil cancer?

May be: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. It may be infection or a lymphoid neoplasm. Do see a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is there lymph nodes in your trachea? Can they swell and cause problems swallowing and eating solid food?

Is there lymph nodes in your trachea? Can they swell and cause problems swallowing and eating solid food?

Yes and no.: There are lymph nodes around your trachea. However, your trachea has to do with breathing not swallowing. If you're having trouble swallowing I would see your PCP for an evaluation as there are many causes. ...Read more

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What are the reasons for an adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy in 5 year old with allergies, fluid in ears, snoring, and 3 episodes of facial swelling?

What are the reasons for an adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy in 5 year old with allergies, fluid in ears, snoring, and 3 episodes of facial swelling?

To treat ear fluid : Tonsils are lymph nodes (ln) at back of throat and adenoids are ln above the tonsils at the back of nose near the eustachian tube (et) opening. The et runs from middle ear to back of nose and if blocked by large adenoids the et can't equalize air pressure in middle ear leading to fluid and infection in middle ear. Large adenoids can block nose causing snoring. Facial swelling probably unrelated. ...Read more

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Can't enlarged tonsils cause a speech delay in a two year old?

I've never seen it: I've dealt with the issue for three decades & never seen it as a primary cause. If the kid has a sleep disorder related to sleep apnea/tonsil size i could see it causing chronic health problems, but not changing the emergence of speech & language skills in a kid that was ready. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat enlarged tonsils in children?

How do doctors treat enlarged tonsils in children?

Depends: It depends on why the tonsils are enlarged, and how the child is being affected. A lot of children have large tonsils when compared to adults, and nothing needs to be done. If the child is having sleep apnea and snoring, then the tonsils may need to be removed. If the tonsils are temporarily enlarged secondary to a viral or bacterial illness, then medical treatment maybe needed. ...Read more

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What is enlarged tonsils?

Secretory IgA: Dr. Balagun is almost perfectly correct. I know this is immunological trivia but nevertheless, let's be absolutely accurate. Secretory IgA is not synthesized by the palatine tonsils because the latter are covered with squamous epithelium (modified skin) and thus does not synthesize secretory component. However, the adenoid (tonsil in the back of the nose) does because the surface does produce sc. ...Read more

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Symptons of enlarged tonsils?

Big Tonsils: Enlarged tonsils may cause voice changes and blockage of airflow during sleep. Most of the time, the swelling goes down after an infection. If just one of your tonsils is enlarged, go see your doctor. Unless there are other problems, generally no treatment is necessary for enlarged tonsils. Not sure? Go see an ent. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of enlarged tonsils?

Sxs enlarged tonsils: Enlarged tonsils may not cause symptoms. Tonsil enlargement may cause difficulty swallowing or breathing, snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. Sore throat is also a possible symptom. ...Read more

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I have enlarged tonsils. Do I need them removed?

I have enlarged tonsils.  Do I need them removed?

Not necessarily!: Enlargement of the tonsils is not the true reason for removal. There are guidlines for tonsil removal. Recurrent strep infections (6 per year), recurring episodes of sore throat, inability to clear tonsils of tonsil-liths, foul lbreath and others. If you are having a recurring problem, see your pcp or an ent. ...Read more

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What are some causes of enlarged tonsils in adults?

What are some causes of enlarged tonsils in adults?

Enlarged tonsils: Hello, enlarged tonsils in an adult may be normally enlarged or possibly due to a condition called lymphoma. It is important to see your doctor especially if your tonsils are asymmetric. That is if one is larger than the other. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Enlarged tonsils?

Enlarged tonsils: This is a complex question. We grade tonsil size by how large they are with respect to the tonsillar pillars. 1+ is small and in the fossa, 2+ is no larger than the fossa but to the fossas, 3 + larger than the fossa or pillars, 4+ touching each other. As we get older the tonsils should recede and get smaller. Enlarged tonsils decrease the size of the airway for breathing ...Read more

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Severely enlarged tonsils with no pain. Do they have to come out?

Severely enlarged tonsils with no pain. Do they have to come out?

No: Enlarged tonsils are removed if they are a chief part of the problem in sleep apnea in adults, or if there is concern of a cancer. They are also removed if you have 5 to 7 infections in a year, or 3 to 5 a year for multiple years, or chronic pain. ...Read more

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When is the most appropriate time to have your enlarged tonsils to be removed.?

When is the most appropriate time to have your enlarged tonsils to be removed.?

Only if they bother: If your tonsils are large but you do not have any symptoms then they do not need to be removed. If you have significant recurrent sore throats or foul-smelling debris within your tonsils (tonsil stones or tonsil cheese) or if they're so big you have trouble breathing or sleeping, then the time to remove them is now. ...Read more

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What are the important disorders that is required for removal of enlarged tonsils.?

Several: More common indications for tonsillectomy: chronic tonsillitis, airway blockage (e.g. Obstructive sleep apnea), and tonsil cancer. Some patients with lymphoproliferative disorders or metastatic cancer from an unknown source may undergo diagnostic tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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In think what im seeing is paletine tonsils. its something that i could not see before because of my enlarged tonsils. the strip of tissue is like on ?

In think what im seeing is paletine tonsils. its something that i could not see before because of my enlarged tonsils. the strip of tissue is like on ?

Tonsils: Probably not. Please see your Dentist or your Physician to evaluate any growths, swelling, anatomic abnormalities, that you don't remember seeing before. ...Read more

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Can enlarged tonsils be cancerous?

Rare: Most of the time enlarged tonsils are due to infection, mostly in children, in adults rarely malignancy can occur, bilateral in lymphomas, unilateral enlargement in cancer, and needs professional evaluation. ...Read more

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Can enlarged tonsils cause psuedo rbd in a 23 year old?

Can enlarged tonsils cause psuedo rbd in a 23 year old?

Enlarged tonsils: Obstructive sleep apnea (which can be caused by enlarged tonsils) can induce pseudo rbd, so possibly. But i'd guess that enlarged tonsils without evidence of osa would not. I recommend talking with a sleep specialist to discuss further workup. ...Read more

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How common are enlarged tonsils in adults? Mine are grade 4 resulting in apnea

Tonsils: Relatively common. There are guidelines for tonsillectomy. Depends on frequency of infection, whether or peritonsilar abscess, sleep apnea, etc. rMost tonsils decrease in size in older teens and your adults. Risk/benefit considerations.. See an ENT. ...Read more

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Enlarged tonsils? There are permanently huge and food and mucus stick to them but no dr. Wants to remove them, what can I do?

Enlarged tonsils? There are permanently huge and food and mucus stick to them but no dr. Wants to remove them, what can I do?

Live: This is a common problem and you are not alone. But, what is also very common is death from anesthesia and bleeding after tonsillectomy in too many adults like you. Your surgeons are being appropriately cautious and this is not a punishment. They are not being 'mean' or bad doctors. You are in a predicament that may be one you can learn to live with and find what others do with same situation. ...Read more

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My 4yr old has enlarged tonsils. She gets coughs regularly worse at night and she dribbles a lot could this be because of her tonsils???

My 4yr old has enlarged tonsils. She gets coughs regularly worse at night and she dribbles a lot could this be because of her tonsils???

Possibly: If the tonsils are large enough to interfere with swallowing food and saliva, excess drooling can occur. Children with enlarged tonsils often snore or cough at night due to partial airway obstruction while laying flat and with relaxed muscles. ...Read more

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I have red bumps and enlarged tonsils, why?

Tonsillitis: That sounds like tonsillitis - did you have a specific question? ...Read more

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Does having enlarged tonsils related to having bad breath?

Does having enlarged tonsils related to having bad breath?

Yes, certainly: Bad breath is smell of gases that certain gas /odor producing bacteria release in your mouth. Billions of those bacteria form colonies under your gum line, deep inside gum pockets, between teeth, on your tongue, on your tonsills , on your hard palate, your chicks etc.. Bacteria are everywhere in your mouth... So -when you exhale -everybody around you can smell it... ...Read more

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Enlarged Tonsils (Definition)

This is a complex question. We grade tonsil size by how large they are with respect to the tonsillar pillars. 1+ is small and in the fossa, 2+ is no larger than the fossa but to the fossas, 3 + larger than the fossa or pillars, 4+ touching each other. As we get older the tonsils should recede and get smaller. Enlarged tonsils decrease the size of ...Read more


Swollen Tonsils (Definition)

Tonsils that are larger than normal. This can be from many causes, most commonly infection, ...Read more