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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Growth on uvula

04/10/2003

Question:

I have a growth that is hanging down from my uvula. It is attached by a piece of skin. it is hangs about 1/2 cm from my uvula, at the end of the skin attachment is a growth that is not exactly round. It is causing me to gag. My question is- how would I know if this growth is cancerous or dangerous. I am currently living in China and medical treatment isn`t the best. I don`t want to travel out to Hong Kong if it isn`t necessary. Could you possibly help me to make a wise decision?- I do not have a fever and do not have any drainage due to allergies or sinus problems. - I the growth isn`t painful or sensitive except for the fact that it does cause me to gag. I should also say I`m not prone to gag easily.

sincerely,

Answer:

While it is impossible to specifically tell you what this growth might be, the most common type of growth as you describe is a benign papilloma. You should, however, have an ENT specialist look at you throat to be sure. 

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Response by:

Thomas A Tami, MD Thomas A Tami, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati