What is the role of surgery in the treatment of acute lingual tonsillitis?

Updated: Apr 06, 2020
  • Author: Udayan K Shah, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Surgery is rarely required for acute lingual tonsillitis, but surgery is indicated for frequent and disabling episodes of this uncommon malady. Tonsillar hypertrophy that persists after resolution of mononucleosis and causes obstructive airway symptoms may necessitate tonsillectomy.


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