Lingual tonsils

Last revised by Dr Daniel MacManus on 26 Aug 2022

The lingual tonsils are aggregations of lymphoid follicles that mediate B- and T-cell lymphocytes, which serve a role in formulating the immune system. They are covered by stratified squamous nonkeratinized epithelium and contain deep crypts and mucosal glands. They form a part of the Waldeyer ring of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) of the oropharynx.

  • posterior third of the dorsum of the tongue

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: lingual tonsils on CT neck (annotated)
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