Alternate Names : Adenoids – enlarged
Enlarged adenoids refers to swollen lymphatic tissue that is found in the airway between your nose and the back of your throat. The tissue is similar to the tonsils.
Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Enlargement of the adenoids may occur naturally (beginning when the baby grows in the womb), or it may be caused by long-term inflammation. The adenoids normally shrink as children reach adolescence.
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Structures of the throat include the esophagus, trachea, epiglottis and tonsils.
Adenoids are masses of tissue located high on the posterior wall of the pharynx. They are made up of lymphatic tissue, which trap and destroy pathogens in the air that enter the nasopharynx.
Enlarged adenoids : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Enlarged adenoids : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests
Enlarged adenoids : Treatment
Review Date : 12/1/2008
Reviewed By : Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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