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What causes swollen lymphoid tissue at base of tongue?

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Posted on Fri, 25 Jul 2014
Question: Hi I have been to the ENT twice already and have had my throat checked with a scope up my nose. I have a lump in the back left side of my throat next to the back of my tongue. It sticks up and looks like a flap its rihjt under my tonsil almost runs back do2n the throat. I can c it and feel it. The doc said it was lymphoid tissue. I have had this for about 10 months now and I have a constant globas sensation. I now have swollen glands on the left side of my neck. The doc told me it would go away on its own and it has not grew in size butbis still there. How do I get rid of this? Im scared thinking I have cancer. Please help this is killing me
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Answered by Dr. Deepashree (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Do not worry. its normal.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for your query.

I agree with the previous specialist answer. What you see - the lymphoid tissue present at base of tongue continuous with tonsils. It is swollen because of nonspecific inflammatory changes leading to swollen lymph node in the neck. This will resolve on its own and it does not need treatment.

Cancer of tongue base in a young female is very unlikely. Globus sensation will be there as the lymphoid mass is swollen now. It should also soon settle down. So don't be concerned

Sine the lesion is not painful, not causing burning sensation you don't need any treatment.
If symptoms persists for more than 3 months, then I would order for tests - endoscopy and biopsy of the mass.

Hope my answers have helped you.

Thanks.
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What causes swollen lymphoid tissue at base of tongue?

Brief Answer: Do not worry. its normal. Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for your query. I agree with the previous specialist answer. What you see - the lymphoid tissue present at base of tongue continuous with tonsils. It is swollen because of nonspecific inflammatory changes leading to swollen lymph node in the neck. This will resolve on its own and it does not need treatment. Cancer of tongue base in a young female is very unlikely. Globus sensation will be there as the lymphoid mass is swollen now. It should also soon settle down. So don't be concerned Sine the lesion is not painful, not causing burning sensation you don't need any treatment. If symptoms persists for more than 3 months, then I would order for tests - endoscopy and biopsy of the mass. Hope my answers have helped you. Thanks.