• Are nasopharyngeal lymphoid tissue consisting primarily of B cells
  • Encircles pharynx and includes the lingual tonsil, faucial tonsils, adenoids, and lymphoid tissue on the posterior pharyngeal wall


Hypertrophy features

Age of onset: usually >2 years of age   



  • Mouth breathing
  • Foul smell from the mouth
  • Snoring  
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Rarely -pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • Otitis media



  • X-ray nasopharynx lateral view
  • Fiber optic Bronchoscope – diagnostic




Indications for adenoidectomy:  

  • Upper airway obstruction +/- sleep apnea
  • Placement of the second set of myringotomy tubes  
  • Chronic sinusitis  
  • Chronic hypo nasality
  • Chronic mouth breathing (causes misaligned jaws)


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