Adenoids - enlarged
Enlarged adenoids is swelling of the lymph tissue found in the airway between your nose and the back of your throat. The tissue is similar to the tonsils.
Enlarged adenoids may be a natural occurrence, beginning when the baby grows in the womb.
Long-term inflammation can also lead to englarged adenoids.
The adenoids normally shrink as a child grows older.
Wetmore RF. Tonsils and adenoids. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 380.
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