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What Causes Uvula To Become Elongated
Variety of things: The uvula may be enlarged from inflammation, infection, or it may be congenital. If the symptoms of snoring or sleep disorder are present, you may want to get a sleep study to make sure that your oxygen saturation at time of sleep is within normal limits. If you are totally asymptomatic, do nothing. ...Read more
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
Uvula: Your uvula was probably irritated by the endotracheal (breathing) tube during surgery which caused it to become swollen and possibly elongated. It should go away on its own. ...Read more
No such thing: There is no bone to "break" in the uvula which is made up of soft tissue (mucosa, submucosa) as well as muscle. There is no such thing as a broken uvula. There is a "bifid" uvula which is a congenital anomaly in which in appears forked. ...Read more
Reaction: Other than trauma, surgical manipulation, or a mass - the things that can cause swelling are usually related to an "reaction". It could be due to certain med (ace inhibitors), due to an allergic type response, or due from a hereditary condition (c1 esterase defiency) that allows fluid to improperly fill tissue spaces. ...Read more
A non-painful ...: Clear fluid blister on the tip of the uvula is usually caused by a blocked minor salivary gland. These usually go away without intervention. Any lesion on the palate that persists should be looked at by specialist. Cancer in the minor salivary glands is rare but can be devastating if there is a significant delay in diagnosis. ...Read more
I sometimes get a tiny bump on/ beside my uvula.Its small and clear it seems to form after i eat it and eventually goes away. What could cause this?
Salivary Gland: We have hundreds of tiny salivary glands thru out our mouths. Some times the duct from one of these gland gets blocked and the saliva backs up and forms a tiny, clear bubble. After a while the bubble pops and it goes away. When you eat you make more saliva so that's why it comes back. This is a variation of normal and not a problem. Eventually it should just go away on its own. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes the lingual frenulum to become swollen? My sons looks like a uvula. Should i be concerned. He is 14 months.
2 to 3mm small painless soft bump on uvula. Mucosa is intact and color is same as surrounding. Since two weeks..Causes ?
After gastric sleeve surgery my uvula is elongated, irritated, and causes me to gag. How do i make it go back to normal?
Here are some...: How long ago did you undergo gastric sleeve surgery? If just few days, such change could result from temporary injury to it during intubation for anesthesia; if so, such will gradually go away with uncertain pace & ending point. More? Ask your surgeon and anesthesiologist. Of course, without detailed history and a direct look at, it is still hard to come up accurate answer to your concern. ...Read more
I had inflamed and painful tonsils only on the left side two weeks ago, also caused ear pain. I'm ok now but i've developed an elongated uvula, why?
Uvula: Most of the time, when the uvula gets big or long, it is from swelling. Swelling of the uvula can occur with any kind of insult to the tonsils or throat, like a viral or bacterial infection, which you probably recently suffered. It could also have occurred from any kind of trauma, but you didnt mention anything. It should go down over the next several days, but could take a couple of weeks. ...Read more
Could removing the entire uvula as part of snooring surgery cause increased choaking when eating ?
Snoring surgery: I am a dentist and i can tell you first hand sinc i had that done, it will not cause choking when eating but it will make it easier for you to choke on things while eating. You need to be careful, take your time and decrease the size of the bolus of food that you intake. I have had many instances where food while get into the back of my throat and I have a coughing fit. Take you time u will b ok. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer