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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
What is the difference between asymmetrical tonsil hypertrophy and unilateral tonsils enlargement? What % of population have this?
Same: It's the same thing. Uncommon to have unilateral enlargement and it should be checked out. If it's confirmed we usually recommend tonsillectomy ...Read more
Crypts and stones: Crypts in the tonsils can result from recurrent infections, chronic infection or can be a normal finding. It is important to put this exam finding together with signs or symptoms of infections (sore throat, fever, reddness) or the presence of tonsiliths (white or yellow concretions found in the crypts). If the crypts are trapping food or producing tonsiliths, see your doctor for and exam. ...Read more
Throat foreign body: Lots of things can give the sensation of something stuck in the back of your throat, where your tonsils used to be. It could actually be a foreign body...fish bones are one of the common ones, but sometimes, it can just be a small healing injury from eating something hard. More often, it can be swelling in the throat even to the level of your voice box, which is a common problem if you reflux ...Read more
The tonsils are focal areas where the immune system monitors the world and "learns" about the environment you are exposed to.
The good news is that the "tonsil tissues" are located all over the back of the throat and down into the gut.
If you are asking whether to get them taken out, removing the tonsils does not remove the immune function, since there are other similar tissues elsewhere. ...Read more
Small tonsils: Don't worry. The tonsils are supposed to atrophy and get smaller over time. If you can't see them, they must be small. They make antibodies early in life but gradually lose this function, after the age of three. You are lucky not to have any problems with your tonsils. ...Read more
Cryptic tonsils: They are called cryptic tonsils. It just means that they have reacted to prior sore throats by enlarging repeatedly. Nothing to worry about. ...Read more
Retention cyst: While, smooth, cyst like lesions on the surface of the tonsils are usually mucous retention cysts. They usually burst spontaneously, do not cause symptoms other than concern, and need no treatment. They are benign and are not cancerous or pre-cancerous. Sometimes, stones can form in the tonsils too. ...Read more
My right tonsils seems fleshier than my left though they don't seem to be significant different sizes. Normal?
Normal: As long as they are not infected / abcessed or obstructing your ariway, No Problem ...Read more
Found growth on tonsil hidden behind anterior tonsillar pillar. 1-2cm bright red with multiple nodes but resembles tonsil tissue. What is it? Worry?
See your doctor: Go to the doctor for a thorough exam ...Read more
Tonsillar ectopia: The cerebellum is at the lower back of your brain, and is mainly responsible for motor coordination. The tonsils are at the midline of your cerebellum and sometimes they can extend a bit lower than normal. That's called tonsillar ectopia. They may be asymptomatic, or they could cause symptoms like headache, pain, and other neurologic symptoms. ...Read more
3 cm or 3 mm?: It depends. If it is 3 cm as you state, that is severe (30 mm) and you should be concerned. If instead you mean 3 mm, then it depends if you have a syrinx. If you do not have a syrinx, there is no concern. ...Read more
Tonsil anatomy: Normal tonsils have an irregular look to them and there can be bulges surrounding pits or crypts within the tonsils. Sometimes we'll see that a normal tonsil will actually have what looks like another lobe. If you are concerned about what you see, best to have your doctor examine to make sure it isn't something different than a normal tonsil. ...Read more
Tonsils: Tonsils are part of the immune system. They help us fight off infections and take care of infection when such occurs. The are often considered specialized lymph nodes. Interestingly, we have four major tonsils in the mouth and throat, the adenoid or nasopharyngeal tonsil, the two palatine tonsils and the lingual tonsil. ...Read more
Tonsils: Not really. Tonsils don't produce any chemicals like the thyroid or pancreas. They are part of the immune system and could be considered specialized lymph nodes. The have cells that help recognizing bad bacterial or other "bad bugs" and they get the immune system started on getting rid of the infection to keep you healthy ...Read more
ENT Dr, can evaluate: The more common reasons for getting tonsils removed are: snoring, sleep apnea, frequent tonsil infections, and persistently enlarged tonsils with "crypts", which are holes containing pieces of firm whitish stuff. An ENT doctor (otorhinolaryngologist - ear nose throat doctor) can evaluate and make recommendations. ...Read more
Food and stuff: The tonsils have crypts (caves) in them. When you swallow, food is pushed back and then to the sides of your throat. This causes food to be pushed into those crypts where it is trapped, mixes with bacteria and can cause bad breath.There is no way to prevent this other than removal of your tonsils. One can use a water pick or other safe manner to remove them. Other times it is from pus from infection. ...Read more
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