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Tonsil hypertrophy

Hypertrophy of the tonsils is often combined with adenoids. It occurs more often in childhood as a manifestation of hypertrophy of the pharyngeal lymphadenoid tissue. With age, hypertrophic tonsils may undergo reverse development.

Symptoms, course. The disease is manifested by impaired breathing, speech and food passage. As a result of mechanical obstruction, a reflex cough may occur at night, especially in children. These children can hardly tolerate scarlet fever, diphtheria. With pharyngoscopy, the palatine tonsils are sharply enlarged, pale pink, soft when pressed with a spatula, protrude from the palatine arches during vomiting, touching, closing the entrance to the throat. It is characteristic that, as a rule, there are no inflammatory phenomena in such tonsils in children.

Treatment. Rinses with alkaline or astringent agents, lubrication with iodine glycerin; restorative treatment - vitamin therapy, climate treatment (stay in the mountains or on the beach). With the ineffectiveness of conservative treatment and the absence of contraindications, tonsillotomy is performed (partial removal of the tonsils)