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Tonsilloliths

Case contributed by Dr Dalia Ibrahim

Presentation

Nasal obstruction. ??sinusitis. Incidental finding on CT scan of paranasal sinuses.

Patient Data

Age: 30-year-old
Gender: Male
CT

Clusters of calcifications within the tonsils.

Partial opacification of the left ethmoid air cells.

Deviation of the nasal septum to the left side.

Hypertrophy of the right middle and inferior nasal turbinates.

Case Discussion

Tonsilloliths, also known as tonsil stones or tonsils calculi, are clusters of calcifications that form into tonsillar crypts within the tonsils or around them. Although they are an uncommon benign finding, they may be symptomatic (pain, halithosis, etc.).

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