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How can white debris indicate tonsil stones (tonsilloliths)?

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Some tonsil stones are visible in the back of the throat as a lump of solid white material. This is not always the case. Often they are hidden in the folds of the tonsils. In these instances, they may only be detectable with the help of non-invasive scanning techniques, such as CT scans or magnetic resonance imaging.

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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