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What causes tonsil cysts?

What causes tonsil cysts?

Not to worry: The tonsils in the throat are lined with squamous epithelium (skin). Sometimes the normal growth of this lining can invaginate and grow inwards causing a benign cyst. If there is no redness around the cyst and if does not cause pain or enlarge, i would not worry about it. The question is, is this really a cyst? See an ENT doctor for reassurance. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Do tonsil cysts cause any pain?

Do tonsil cysts cause any pain?

Tonsil cysts: They never cause pain, and rarely cause any symptoms whatsoever. ...Read more

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Does a tonsil cyst go away on its own?

Does a tonsil cyst go away on its own?

Sometimes: They may spontaneously drain, but if they persist and are symptomatic, best to see your otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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What do people normally get a tonsil cyst from?

What do people normally get a tonsil cyst from?

Not sure: "tonsil cyst" isn't a medical term, so it is hard to know exactly what you are talking about. Tonsil stones or "tonsilliths" are collections of food and infection which are whitish and are common. They cause bad breath, and sometimes reflect chronic tonsillitis. ...Read more

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Can a tonsil cyst feel and taste like a tonsil stone?

Can a tonsil cyst feel and taste like a tonsil stone?

Tonsil: A tonsil cyst and a tonsil stone are very different problems, but they can both present with pressure, pain and discomfort. As for taste...Not really. A tonsil stone smells quite putrid and the taste typically follows. There usually isn't much to take with a tonsil cyst. ...Read more

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Ive had a tonsil Cyst for 3-4 years . hasnt caused any problems. Is it dangerous or can it be cancerous?

Ive had a tonsil Cyst for 3-4 years . hasnt caused any problems. Is it dangerous or can it be cancerous?

No: Cysts in the tonsils are benign (not cancer). And if it hasn't changed over 3-4 years, that increases our confidence that it is benign. ...Read more

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Do you have to go to doctor if have tonsil cyst?

Do you have to go to doctor if have tonsil cyst?

Yes: This may be a cyst or may be a solid mass. Best to have your otolaryngologist look at it. ...Read more

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I went to an ENT yesterday and he told me I had a tonsil cyst which was nothing to worry about. Can he tell by just looking?

I went to an ENT yesterday and he told me I had a tonsil cyst which was nothing to worry about.  Can he tell by just looking?

Yes: Tonsils are very easily visualized by a qualified ENT physician. The question comes down to whether you are symptomatic - pain, trouble swallowing, hoarseness. If any if these are the case, it is unlikely that this is a simple cyst and you should seek additional information. But if the ENT was confident and you have trust in their assessment, then you need go no further for a tonsillar cyst. ...Read more

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Been told has tonsil cyst,not to worry.In that case, do I need to see ENT regularly (like once a year?) for it regular checking and how often?

Been told has tonsil cyst,not to worry.In that case, do I need to see ENT regularly (like once a year?) for it regular checking and how often?

Tonsillar cyst: Mucus cysts of the tonsils are benign,asymptomatic, rarely change and don't need continued surveillance. If an otolaryngologist confirms the diagnosis,he/she is best qualified to advise you about any needed follow-up,however. Of course if symptoms or change in that area develop you will need reexamination. ...Read more

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