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tonsillolith

 [ton-sil´o-lith]
a calculus in a tonsil.

ton·sil·lo·lith

(ton-sil'ō-lith),
A calcareous concretion in a distended tonsillar crypt.
[tonsillo- + G. lithos, stone]

tonsillolith

/ton·sil·lo·lith/ (ton-sil´o-lith) a calculus in a tonsil.

ton·sil·lo·lith

(ton-sil'ō-lith)
A calcareous concretion in a distended tonsillar crypt.
Synonym(s): tonsilolith.
[tonsillo- + G. lithos, stone]

tonsillolith

a calculus in a tonsil.

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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Pathological analysis confirmed the presence of a chronically inflamed tonsil and a large tonsillolith (Figure 3).
This explanation offers an alternate aetiopathogenesis to tonsillolith formation by salivary stasis in accessory salivary glands secondary to mechanical obstruction by post tonsillectomy scarring or chronic inflammation or lithogenic diathesis (5).
Tonsilloliths are white or yellowish calcified structures of bacteria and organic debris that commonly develop in enlarged tonsillar crypts.
Tonsilloliths exhibit a biofilm structure in which aerobic and anaerobic bacteria colonise an epithelial or mucosal surface in the presence of an extracellular matrix that envelopes the bacteria.
Tonsilloliths are composed of calcium hydroxyapatite and calcium carbonate with other minerals including phosphorus, ammonia and magnesium (1).
Four weeks prior to the patient's presentation to our emergency department, she had undergone removal of a white plaque from her left tonsil, which had been suspected to represent a tonsillolith.
Historically, treatment options for tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, have been limited.
Positive crypts and tonsilloliths were visualized in every candidate.
Within these crypts, foreign particles, keratin, and exfoliated epithelium collect and calcify over time, changing from soft gels to caseous concretions known as tonsilloliths.
But they can become filled with stones, or tonsilloliths, after repeated bouts of impaction and tonsil inflammation.
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Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, as they are also known, are actually lumps of calcified food, mucus and bacteria, explains Dr Gogiya.