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Saturday, December 7, 2013
Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
About a year ago, I noticed something dangling off of my Uvula in the back of my throat. More or less hanging next to it. Best described...if the Uvula was a punching bag, it would be as if a smaller punching bag was hung slightly higher, but hanging right next to it, and more or less leaning on it. It doesn`t hurt, but it clearly dangles a bit and I can move it with my tongue.
Was my Uvula somehow "sliced" or torn? I actually have grabbed it with a tweezer and can pull on it. It seems to be a little longer than my Uvula, as it seems to have been "split off" higher than from where my Uvula dangles from. Visually, it looks like a thin string with a smaller than a pea hanging from it.
I wish I could post a picture but I wonder how it affects my snoring, and if there is something I can do to have it removed. I must say, I`m tempted to cut it, but know that could be a really bad idea with stopping the blood, and infection of course.
This structure hanging from your uvula is very likely a small growth called a papilloma, which is like a wart. It can easily be removed with local anesthetic in a doctor's office. I suggest you consult an ear, nose, and throat physician who will be able to diagnose what it is, and the best avenue of treatment if any.
Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati