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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Tonsil skin flap / growth?

09/15/2008

Question:

There is a flap of skin on my left tonsil that is horizontally sticking out almost touching the uvula. It recently appeared and was the same color as the rest of my throat. A day later it has developed a white tip. What is this? Is it something to be concerned with? I have no other symptoms (i.e. sore throat, etc.) but it is annoying as I can feel it when I swallow. Thanks for your help.

Answer:

Any new growth on a tonsil should be evaluated and possibly biopsied by an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. It is most likely a benign cyst or perhaps a small "stone" or collection of debris within the bed of the tonsil, but inspection by a physician will put your mind at ease.  

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Response by:

Lee   Zimmer, MD Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati