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How can ear pain indicate tonsil stones (tonsilloliths)?

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Tonsil stones can develop anywhere in the tonsil. Because of shared nerve pathways, they may cause a person to feel pain in the ear, even though the stone itself is not touching the ear.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Tonsils and Adenoids."

Ansai, T and Takehara, T. British Dental Journal, Mar 2005; vol 198: pp 263-264.

WebMD: "Tonsillitis Home Treatment."

Texas Pediatric Surgical Associates: "Tonsils and Tonsillectomy."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 19, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Tonsils and Adenoids."

Ansai, T and Takehara, T. British Dental Journal, Mar 2005; vol 198: pp 263-264.

WebMD: "Tonsillitis Home Treatment."

Texas Pediatric Surgical Associates: "Tonsils and Tonsillectomy."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 19, 2019

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