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My daughter has a white tear drop shaped growth on her left tonsil. What could it be?

My daughter has a white tear drop shaped growth on her left tonsil. What could it be?

Exudate?: Without seeing it directly, it is hard to tell. But if it hasn't been there long, it may be a tonsillar exudate (pus). Exudates can form from bacterial or viral illnesses. If this is the case, your pediatrician can sample the exudate to determine if it is strep throat. See your pediatrician especially if she has a fever of greater than 100.4F, no cough, and swollen neck glands. ...Read more

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Growth on tonsil, a bit concerned, what to do?

Growth on tonsil, a bit concerned, what to do?

Have it checked: If you notice something abnormal about your tonsil, have it checked by your doctor. Your primary care doctor is a good place to start but if you're still concerned, an ENT doctor can help you. ...Read more

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How common is tonsil re growth?

How common is tonsil re growth?

Tonsil Regrowth: This is not seen very often and actually would indicate that the tonsil was not completely removed to start with. Most likely the residual tonsillar tissue has enlarged. It would be beneficial to have an ENT doctor take a look to confirm this is all that it is however. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with the feeling that something was stuck in my tonsil. However after inspection i found a small black growth. Any ideas?

I woke up this morning with the feeling that something was stuck in my tonsil. However after inspection i found a small black growth. Any ideas?

Get checked: Although at your age, something bad seems improbable, black lesion could either be a small area of dead tissue as a result of infection, fungus or an actual tissue growth. Best to get this checked at your earliest opportunity. Depending on what it is, you may need a biopsy, tonsillectomy or some other medical treatment. Best to get it figured out soon. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Small piece of flesh colored growth above right tonsil. Looks like there's a pouch inside it. No symptoms.

Small piece of flesh colored growth above right tonsil. Looks like there's a pouch inside it.  No symptoms.

Needs to be seen.: It is hard to tell what the lesion may be without seeing it. You should see a ENT physician for an examination. ...Read more

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What do non cancerous growths of the tonsils look like?

What do non cancerous growths of the tonsils look like?

Tonsil growth: There are several types of tonsil growths that are not cancers. Each can be different. One of the most common is a mucocele. This has a very smooth ball-like appearance that is yellow or tan in color. Other tonsil growths will simply look like the tonsil is simply bigger. Cancerous growths of the tonsils will look like it has multiple heads or a crater or ulcer with an "angry" appearance. ...Read more

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Had my tonsils and adenoids removed 2 months ago. I see what looks like a growth right where tonsils used to be. Is it possible they are growing back?

Had my tonsils and adenoids removed 2 months ago. I see what looks like a growth right where tonsils used to be. Is it possible they are growing back?

Unlikely: unlikely but possible. Most likely what you're seeing is some scar tissue or at the side of the surgery. If concern, please see your ENT surgeon for evaluation. Hope this answer was helpful. Best of luck. Dr. R ...Read more

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Can having your tonsils and adenoids removed cause a growth spurt in a toddler?

Can having your tonsils and adenoids removed cause a growth spurt in a toddler?

How large?: If his tonsils and adenoids are so large they are interfering with his breathing or eating, it is possible that nutritionally he will improve after surgery. ...Read more

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Had my tonsils and adenoids removed two months ago. I notice a growth of tissue in back near right tonsil area and tongue. What could it be?

Had my tonsils and adenoids removed two months ago. I notice a growth of tissue in back near right tonsil area and tongue. What could it be?

Possible tonsil: It is possible for tonsils to regrow when they are removed, but usually they do not grow back to their original size. It is best to have your doctor look at this to make sure it is tonsil tissue and not some other sort of growth. ...Read more

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