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Dr. Edgar Lueg, MD, FACS, FRCSC
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Tonsil Problems

The"Tonsils"are the irregular looking lumps of fleshy tissue seen on both sides of your throat.  They are made up of specialized lymphoid tissue that plays a role in preventing bacterial infections of your throat from getting into your blood stream. The "Adenoids" are the same type of lymphoid tissue, but are tucked up high in your throat behind the thing that hangs down at the back of your throat ("Uvula").  You can not see your Adenoids like you can see your Tonsils.

Problems with your Tonsils, which are more common in children, include recurrent infections ("Recurrent Bacterial Tonsillitis") and overgrowth ("Adenotonsillar Hypertrophy").

Generally, if infections occur 3 or more times in the past 6 months your child's pediatrician may recommend your child see an ENT Specialist about removing their Tonsils ("Tonsillectomy")and Adenoids ("Adenoidectomy"). Although your Tonsils & Adenoids do serve a useful purpose preventing blood infections, once they themselves become chronically infected they need to be removed.

Overtime and multiple infections, your Tonsils & Adenoids can enlarge so much that they can block your nasal breathing and cause mouth breathing at night.  If this occurs the Tonsils and Adenoids may also be removed simply to allow proper breathing through your child's nose and throat.  



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