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a calculus in a tonsil.
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A calcareous concretion in a distended tonsillar crypt.
[tonsillo- + G. lithos, stone]
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A calcareous concretion in a distended tonsillar crypt.
Synonym(s): tonsilolith.
[tonsillo- + G. lithos, stone]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about tonsillolith

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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Calcified foci were seen in both the palatine tonsils suggestive of tonsilloliths [Fig.
The tonsilloliths are white or yellow coloured stones composed of calcium salts such as hydroxyapatite or calcium carbonate apatite, oxalates and other magnesium salts or containing ammonium radicals.
Pathologic calcifications (e.g., tonsilloliths, lymph nodes, salivary gland stones) can also be recognized in terms of location and distinguished from possibly noteworthy calcifications, such as those occurring in carotid artery (27, 35).The 3D views by CBCT for evaluation of unerupted/impacted or supernumerary teeth and their association with vital structures has been indispensable (Figure 12 and Figure 13) (36, 37).
As other calcifications can appear in the same region of atheroma on panoramic radiograph, which may be anatomic (hyoid bone, cartilage triticeous, epiglottis, etc.) or pathologic (calcified lymph nodes, tonsilloliths, phleboliths, etc.) (3), it is necessary another radiographic (AP) or exam for the diagnosis to be confirmed.
There are a few differential considerations for the imaging appearance of lingual osseous choristomas, including tonsilloliths, amyloidoma, and extraskeletal osteosarcoma.
Prevalence and imaging characteristics of detectable tonsilloliths on 482 pairs of consecutive CT and panoramic radiographs.
Tonsilloliths (tonsillar concretions, tonsillar calculi) are calcified structures that develop in enlarged tonsillar crypts.
Tonsilloliths are white or yellowish calcified structures of bacteria and organic debris that commonly develop in enlarged tonsillar crypts.
But they can become filled with stones, or tonsilloliths, after repeated bouts of impaction and tonsil inflammation.
oxytoca Pneumonia, neonatal No bacteremias, urinary tract infections, abscesses Lyngbya (a) A genus of No cyanobacteria that causes swimmer's itch Megasphaera (a) Anaerobic bacteria No isolated from tonsilloliths and bacterial vaginosis infections Microcystis (a) Type of blue-green No algae; potential source of cyanotoxins Novosphingobium N.
Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, as they are also known, are actually lumps of calcified food, mucus and bacteria, explains Dr Gogiya.
Historically, treatment options for tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, have been limited.