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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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redirect=true) Journal of the American Medical Association - Otolaryngology reported that people who seem otherwise healthy might have human papillomavirus, more well known by its acronym HPV, submerged in the slimy biofilms filling the "crypts" of their tonsils.
1 ( ANI ): It has come to light that cancer causing virus may hide in small pockets on the surface of tonsils in throats of unsuspected people.
The results suggested that GERD was associated with cancer of the throat, tonsils and parts of the sinuses.
This time, Luzviminda is taking heed of the doctors' advice for Angeline to undergo oral rehabilitation before having her tonsils taken out.
Previous cases of hamartoma of palatine tonsils are reported mainly in elderly patients who usually present with sore throat, dysphagia, and continuous foreign body sensation.
On examination, a localized swelling over the medial aspect of the right tonsil in the lower pole, which was yellowish and smooth with a cystic appearance and the surrounding tonsillar tissue was congested.
Tonsils are part of the lymphoid tissue of the body.
The Study: All the subjects, 453 children five to ten years old, suffered from obstructive sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids.
But scientists now report a way to potentially inject stem cells from tonsils, a body part we don't need, to repair damaged livers, all without surgery.
Because of their similar structure to that of the palatine tonsils, the lingual tonsils have the propensity to develop infection in the same way.