Are large tonsils responsible for sleep apnea?

Can be. They certainly can make the airway easier to obstruct during sleep.
Tonsils often large. There are many variables with obstructive sleep apnea, and tonsils are often part of the problem. Even with removal, the treatment may be incomplete. Further evaluation after tonsil removal is needed. Oral appliance therapy is often still recommended.
Mainly in children. In children, the most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is enlarged tonsils and adenoids in the upper airway. Infections may cause these glands to enlarge. In adults the tonsils usually can not get large enough to block the airway.

Related Questions

I have sleep apnea, large tonsils, acid reflux. Everytime I fall asleep, aftr a few sec, I suddenly wake up like gasping for air.?

Here is an option. The first question is are you over weight or obese? If your sleep apnea is due to obesity first concentrate on weight loss. If you are morbidly obese then consider an appointment with a bariatric surgeon. Simple solution is to put the head of the bed on some 2x4 to elevate your head. Discuss this with your primary or lung specialist that diagnosed your sleep apnea. Read more...
Sounds like it. You should see a sleep physician for an evaluation and diagnosis before discussing treatment options. Read more...

I have sleep apnea and large tonsils with gerd. When I fall asleep, after a few seconds I suddenly wake up and I feel like my heartbeat stop.?

Oxidative deficiency. This is all probably related to lousy diet. High calorie malnutrition is the cause of all your symptoms because oxygen use in the brain is compromised. Please go to my blog, "oxygen, the spark of life". You can google it. Read more...
Dangerous. You need to be evaluated by a doc. Of sleep medicine. Your airway may be blocked when sleeping by tongue and tonsils. A sleep study would answer some of those questions. What you described can be dangerous and should be looked into as soon as you can. If you already have a cpap, then check if the pressure setting is right for you. Read more...

Its hard for me to breath due to large tonsils and acid reflux, is it possible to affect my heart aside from my sleep apnea that posible 2 afect my <3?

Yes. You should see a sleep physician for an evaluation and diagnosis before things get worse. Read more...
Seek an ENT. Your apnea could be directly a result of your tonsil assuming rest everything( bmi etc) is within normal limits, get help it will also help withyour acid reflux. Read more...

Am sure I don't have sleep apnea. Am not overweight. Father. Mother. Brother also snore.. I have large tonsils could it be the reason. Treatments?

Need to be tested. Without a study, you can't know. Tonsils can obstruct airflow, and if blocked long enough, that is the definition of obstructive sleep apnea. Tonsil removal may be all you need, but you need an exam. Tonsils may only be part of the problem. Often it is not enough. Apnea is common in skinny people. Read more...

I have sleep apnea, large tonsils, gerd. Everytime I fall asleep after a few sec, I wake up with heart pounding and making me panic. Is it anxiety?

Apnea causing it. It's more likely that you are waking up due apnea episodes. Obstructive sleep apnea; your upper respiratory muscles to relax when you fall asleep causing blocking of airway and you wake up gasping for breath. This happens several times in the night leaving you tired in am. Enlarged tonsils can cause this in young adults but obesity can cause it too. Get evaluated there are effective treatments. Read more...
Probably not. Sleep apnea causes your blood oxygen level to go down and makes your heart beat faster trying to get more oxygen to your body. You need to seek treatment immediately. The first option would probably be to get the tonsils removed. This obstruction in your airway may be the cause of the sleep apnea and the gerd>. Read more...
Needs exploration. Dr donley made some good points. The sleep apnea can cause one to wake up feeling anxious and gasping for air. The only way to know if there is a separate anxiety issue is to correct the sleep apnea and to assess. Read more...

Could I have obstructive sleep apnea without having enlarged tonsils?

Yes. Yes, many anatomical variations can result in osa. Obesity, small jaw, large tongue, deviated septum to name a few. Read more...
Of course. Sleep apnea is due to obstruction of the oropharyngeal airway usually at the level of the tongue or epiglottis. Two-thirds of patients with OSA are overweight and fatty infiltration of the neck and tongue may also contribute to airway obstruction during sleep. Read more...

Help! Is it possible to have obstructive sleep apnea without having enlarged tonsils?

Sleep Apnea. Yes it is possible. Are you overweight? Have you had any surgery for the Sleep Apnea like a UPPP? Do you have a small jaw structure? How old are you? Sleep apnea increases as we get older. Have you had a sleep test? What is your BMI? What is the size of your neck? Do you have high blood pressure or diabetes? Are you sleepy during the day? Read more...
Yes. In addition to possible causes provided in another answer, an elongated wide soft palate and uvula as well as a large tongue may also contribute or cause obstructive sleep apnea (Mallampati score and Friedman tongue position may be used as preliminary indices). Read more...
Of course. Obstructive sleep apnea is due to obstruction of the oropharyngeal airway usually at the level of the tongue or epiglottis. Tonsils could be a factor, comorbidity, but not the cause. Read more...

I have very enlarged tonsils meeting in midline that cause sleep apnea. Will ignoring/not treating it be dangerous?

Sometimes bad things. In an old Western movie, one guy might shoot another for annoyingly loud snoring. In the real world, sleep apnea (OSA) causes daytime drowsiness and fatigue, so driving can kill someone. Nightly low blood oxygen can cause sudden death from heart arrhythmia. Heart artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, memory problems, morning headache, mood swings, depressed feelings, irritability... Read more...

I have chronic severely enlarged tonsils meeting in midline. I know I snore. What are the chances I have sleep apnea?

Mgt. I would suggest an inbox consultation. You may have sleep apnea, based on your risk factors, but more information may be provided during the consult. Read more...