Oral cavity & oropharynx
Congenital anomalies
Lingual tonsil


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Minor changes: 2 March 2020

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PubMed Search: Lingual tonsil[TI]

Charu Thakral, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Red papules or nodules at lateral tongue base containing lymphoid tissue
  • Fairly common and may be biopsied to rule out lymphoma
  • Hypertrophic lingual tonsils may be associated with cough (West J Med 1986;144:229)
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Lingual tonsil

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Aggregates of partially encapsulated lymphoid nodules

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