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Tonsil and Adenoid Disease

Woman Touching TonsilsTonsil and adenoids are lymph nodes that are present in the back of the throat. We can see the tonsils but the adenoids sit behind the nose (in a place called the nasopharynx) and are not able to be visualized. Tonsil and adenoid problems are a very common problem in pediatrics and can be divided in two main categories.

Infections:
Recurrent and chronic (lasting more than 3 months) infections can occur with the tonsils. These infections are typically treated with antibiotics. However, if they occur too often or if causing serious side effects then tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy may be indicated.

Enlargement:
Sometimes, the tonsils and adenoids become too big and cause problems including snoring, poor sleep habits, bedwetting, poor morning attention and even sleep apnea. Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy in this case can often cure the problem If there is a question or if symptoms are severe, sometimes a sleep study is ordered.
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy is typically an outpatient surgery that does require some recovery time. Specifics, can be discussed with your physician.