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Adenoid and palatine tonsil on lateral radiograph

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


6 yr boy. On examination - Mouth breathing.

Patient Data:

Age: 6
Modality: X-ray

Enlarged adenoid and palatine tonsils.

Case Discussion:

In radiograph, if adenoid measures > 12 mm in 2 - 10 yrs age group; - Abnormal which is seen as soft tissue indenting / obstructing nasopharyngeal air column. (Here size is 20 mm.)

Palatine tonsils are seen easily in clinical examination so radiographs are not suggested for them.Palatine tonsil is seen as soft tissue prominence or mass posterior - inferior to soft palate.

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