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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello- My son is nearly 5 years old, I was told that he has extra tonsil tissue and not to worry about it, I am worried that it can grow into something serious. What is your opinion          
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :
Doctor :   May i read your post
User :   Yes please
Doctor :   what is his age
User :   nearly 5
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is it adenoids
Doctor :   does he snore
User :   no - extra tonsil tissue.
User :   no snoring or pain
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is it increasing in size
User :   i dont think so but I am not sure
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   it can mostly be normal
Doctor :   in children
User :   if it does enlarge could it just be tissue that is growing or does that indicate a more serious problem
Doctor :   to have increased lymphoid tissues
Doctor :   it settles by 8-10 years of age
Doctor :   The adenoids are a mass of lymphoid tissue located behind the nasal passages. Infected adenoids may become enlarged or chronically infected, and subsequently lead to obstructed breathing, snoring/sleep apnea, sinus or ear infections, or other problem
User :   if it does enlarge could it just be tissue that is growing or does that indicate a more serious problem
Doctor :   mostly not
Doctor :   as i said
User :   as fas as I understand this is not adenoids, but tonsil tissue, it looks the same colour and texture as the tonsil its attached to but a little round, almost like a wart
Doctor :   it can be rarely lymphoma also
User :   Do you think this is something I should monitor
Doctor :   yres sure
Doctor :   yes sure
Doctor :   is he having any swelling in neck
User :   no- no symptoms whatsoever
Doctor :   so dont worry
Doctor :   it will be mostl;y normal
User :   Just something I noticed one day when he was laughing
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   did dr say about excision of tonsil
User :   what is excision?
User :   removing it?
Doctor :   yes
User :   He said its possible to do by laser, but didnt think my son would be co-operative
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   might need general anesthesia then
User :   Dr doenst want to do with anesthetic because he said the rish of the anethetic is greater than the tissue
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   but for most children
Doctor :   Ga Is used
Doctor :   as they wont cooperate
User :   ok- dr said if it were his son he wouldnt remove it, but I am constantly worried about this
Doctor :   watch for increase in isze
Doctor :   size
Doctor :   as that might cause difficulty swalowing
Doctor :   and sleeping too
User :   if it does increase in size then could it be cancer?
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   very very rare
Doctor :   as his age is very young
Doctor :   and mostly it is his normal
User :   would there be any symptoms if it were
Doctor :   lymph tissue
Doctor :   yes spread of swelling to neck
User :   any pain or discomfort in the throat?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   sweelling discomfort
Doctor :   mostly
Doctor :   swelling
Doctor :   difficult to swallow
Doctor :   Enlarged tonsils and adenoids in children may result from infections but may be normal.
Doctor :   Antibiotics may be used if a bacterial infection is suspected, and sometimes the tonsils and adenoids are removed.
Doctor :   Usually, tonsils and adenoids return to normal size once the infection is over
Doctor :   Sometimes they remain enlarged, particularly in children who have had frequent or chronic infections.
Doctor :   Although extremely rare, cancer sometimes causes enlarged tonsils or adenoids in children
Doctor :   Enlarged tonsils and adenoids are considered a problem when they cause more serious problems such as
Doctor :   Chronic ear infections and hearing loss
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