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What causes an enlarged lymph node in the neck?

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Posted on Tue, 23 May 2017
Question: what is above my tonsils????
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Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti (45 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Normal/ enlarged Lymphoid (tonsil-like) tissue. No cause for worry.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. This is normal/ enlarged lymphoid (tonsil-like) tissue.

2. The tonsils account for barely 25% of the total lymphoid tissue in the Waldeyer's inner ring which guards the throat and nasal airway.

3. The rest of the lymphoid tissue consists of the adenoids, lingual tonsil, tubal tonsils, posterior and lateral pharyngeal bands and some unnamed islands of this tissue spread throughout the throat and oral cavity.

4. You can observe this tissue at regular intervals and if it doers not increase in size (or regresses), then there is no cause for worry.

5. Sometimes a deep tonsillar crypt (especially the uppermost crypta magna) can make some upper pole tonsil tissue look separate from the main tonsil. This may be true for the middle swelling. The uppermost small swelling is very common around the tonsil area. In many people it occasionally enlarges and then disappears.

6. Newer techniques like coblation assisted surgery can help to easily remove these swellings if you want to remove them.

I hope that I have answered your query. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them.

Regards.
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What causes an enlarged lymph node in the neck?

Brief Answer: Normal/ enlarged Lymphoid (tonsil-like) tissue. No cause for worry. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for your query. 1. This is normal/ enlarged lymphoid (tonsil-like) tissue. 2. The tonsils account for barely 25% of the total lymphoid tissue in the Waldeyer's inner ring which guards the throat and nasal airway. 3. The rest of the lymphoid tissue consists of the adenoids, lingual tonsil, tubal tonsils, posterior and lateral pharyngeal bands and some unnamed islands of this tissue spread throughout the throat and oral cavity. 4. You can observe this tissue at regular intervals and if it doers not increase in size (or regresses), then there is no cause for worry. 5. Sometimes a deep tonsillar crypt (especially the uppermost crypta magna) can make some upper pole tonsil tissue look separate from the main tonsil. This may be true for the middle swelling. The uppermost small swelling is very common around the tonsil area. In many people it occasionally enlarges and then disappears. 6. Newer techniques like coblation assisted surgery can help to easily remove these swellings if you want to remove them. I hope that I have answered your query. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them. Regards.