What physical findings of pediatric allergic rhinitis are noted in the throat?

Updated: Jun 04, 2021
  • Author: Jack M Becker, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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Inspection of the dentition can be informative. Discoloration of frontal incisors and a high arched palate are associated with chronic mouth breathing. Malocclusion is commonly associated with chronic mouth breathing.

Cobblestoning in the posterior pharynx is also a sign of follicular hypertrophy of mucosal lymphoid tissue secondary to chronic nasal congestion and postnasal drainage.

Note the size of tonsillar tissue, which may provide a clue to the size of the adenoids; large adenoids (adenoidal hypertrophy) can mimic the signs and symptoms of AR. Chronic nasal congestion due to adenoid hypertrophy is frequently seen in young children with recurrent otitis media and sinusitis.


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