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Tonsils and Adenoids

Tonsils and Adenoids - What it is

Tonsils and adenoids are part of a ‘ring’ of glandular/lymphoid tissue encircling the back of the throat. Tonsils are visible at the back of the mouth, one on each side. The adenoids are found high in the throat, behind the nose and need special instruments or an X-ray to view it.

Tonsils and adenoids act as ‘policemen’ and help to form antibodies to ‘germs’ that invade the nose, mouth and throat. This function may be important for young children up to 3 years of age, but there is no evidence that it is important after that. Studies have shown that children who have had their tonsils/adenoids removed suffer no loss in their immunity to diseases.

Conditions affecting the tonsils and adenoids

Several conditions may affect the tonsils and adenoids in a child:

  • Enlarged tonsils and adenoids contributing to snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)
  • Recurrent tonsil or adenoid infections
  • Rarely, tumours or growths in the tonsils or adenoids

Treatment for tonsils and adenoids at KKH

Tonsils and Adenoids - Symptoms

Tonsils and Adenoids - How to prevent?

Tonsils and Adenoids - Causes and Risk Factors

Tonsils and Adenoids - Diagnosis

Tonsils and Adenoids - Other Information

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