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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.
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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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Scrutiny of the tonsils has largely fallen by the wayside in today's busy primary care practice.
The tonsils catch bacteria and viruses entering the throat and produce antibodies to fight infections.
Yehuda Finkelstein of the Meir Hospital at the Sapir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, has found that the tonsils are often to blame.
Safe and routine, having tonsils removed is the most common surgical procedure done on kids.
Tonsils are part of the lymphatic (lim-FAT-ik) system, and are helpful in fighting infections that enter the mouth by food or air.
Oropharyngeal KS, particularly isolated KS of the tonsils is rare with only a few cases reported in the literature.
Tonsils are two small masses of lymphoid tissue one on each side of the root of the tongue.
They found that out of 18,271 children who had their tonsils removed during this time, only 2,144 - 11.7 per cent - had throats sore enough to justify surgery.
For decades, millions of children across the world have undergone surgery to remove their tonsils and adenoids.
Removal of the adenoids or tonsils before the age of nine resulted in a doubling of longterm risks of respiratory diseases and a smaller increase in the risk of allergic disease.
Tonsils play an important role in inducing secretory immunity and regulation of immunoglobulin production.
ISLAMABAD -- Removing tonsils and adenoids in childhood increases the long-term risk of respiratory disorders such as asthma and influenza, as well as allergic and infectious diseases, says a study of nearly 1.2 million children.