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Uvula deviating to left, difficulty swallowing, bleeds several times. Tumors ?

thanks yes. I am a PA student so when practicing EENT exam on my 16 yr old daugher I noticed her uvula deviated to the left (not just a little) when she said aaaah . She has been a healthy child. She went through a time when she was young that she complained of having some difficulty swallowing and was referred to a specialist but her tests were normal. She has her pallatine tonsils removed when she was about 7. She bled several times after ward and had to return to the ER a couple of times her first week home. ????? Not sure if I should be worried. But with cranial nerves I wonder about tumors?
Asked On : Tue, 11 Sep 2012
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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Checking the position of the uvula evaluates the 9th cranial nerve (the glossopharyngeal nerve).

Deviation of the uvula may indicate abnormal function of this nerve though it can occur in other scenarios such as infected tonsil pushing the uvula.

If she had issues with this nerve she would likely have problems with speech and swallowing. Since she is other wise well, it is not likely anything to worry about.

I hope this helps
Answered: Sat, 7 Dec 2013
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