Case contributed by Dr Domenico Nicoletti


Incidental finding.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

CT cervical spine due to trauma

Multiple small tonsilloliths (tonsillar concretions, tonsillar calculi )involving the right and left palatine tonsils.


Case Discussion

Recurrent episodes of inflammation may cause fibrosis at the openings of the tonsillar crypts, with microorganism and epithelial debris accumulation that leads to retention cysts formation then subsequent calcification.

Most palatine tonsilloliths are usually asymptomatic.


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Case information

rID: 70184
Published: 7th Aug 2019
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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