Oral cavity
Congenital anomalies
Lingual tonsil

Author: Charu Thakral, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 13 April 2018, last major update May 2013

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PubMed Search: Lingual tonsil[TI]

Cite this page: Thakral, C. Lingual tonsil. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/oralcavitylingualtonsil.html. Accessed October 17th, 2018.
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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Microscopic (histologic) images

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Aggregates of partially encapsulated lymphoid nodules