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Oval-shaped masses of glandular tissue located on both sides at the back of the throat. Tonsils act like filters to trap bacteria and viruses.

Patient discussion about Tonsils

Q. how do i cure tonsil stones (tonsiloth)?

A. There are very little literature about this subject, but I heard about treatment in which the crypts (deep and narrow grooves on the tongue in which the stones form) are burned with laser.

As far as I know these stones don't cause damage by themselves so it's not such a common treatment.

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Q. When should the tonsils and/or adenoids should be removed?

A. Currently the tonsillectomy is recommended in the presence of 6 episodes of throat infection (Group A strep pharyngitis) in one year or 3-4 episodes in each of 2years. Adenoidectomy may be recommended when tympanostomy tube surgery ( failed to prevent ear infection.

Another thing to consider is the presence of oral breathing - the constant use of the mouth for breathing in small children may lead to malformation of the facial bones that would necessitate more extensive surgeries later in life.

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Once the child is older, the tonsils start shrinking and episodes of tonsillitis are fewer.
Tonsils are one of these complicated self-protective systems of human body.
He was given his tonsils in a jar of preservative," she said.
Palatine tonsils were obtained by tonsillectomy and classified into groups according to clinical form of tonsillitis.
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA levels in palatine tonsils and autologous serum from EBV carriers.
Specialists are nowadays much less likely to recommend removing the tonsils for recurrent tonsillitis than in the past.
International Symposium on Tonsils and Mucosal Barriers of Upper Airways (7th: 2010: Asahikawa-shi, Japan) Ed.
While the number of people who develop cancer of the tonsils is small, it has jumped significantly, Mr McCombe said.
people whose tonsils had been removed and 54,449 who had undergone
When the diseased tonsils are removed, the child is then able to consume additional calories," Jeyakumar said.
My tonsils got swollen and pockets of pus formed in them.
He just had a bit of a cough and I decided to get the tonsils taken out as I think they might have been niggling him for a while," said Dartnall yesterday, "I'd say he'll be off a couple of months and then we'll get him ready for the Derby.