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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Tonsils

03/02/2004

Question:

Is it true when you are an adult your tonsils disappear? A dentist told my teenage son this.

Answer:

Most people have a slow shrinkage of their tonsils as they age, but the do not completely disappear.

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Response by:

David  L Steward, MD David L Steward, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati