Med Students - Tonsils growing back? Watch
I tried Googling it however it doesn't really answer any of my questions and my girlfriend is so passive when she talks about it .. which means it's hard to get answers. Basically, is this a common thing? How bad can it get? It's not life threatening or anything like that is it?
You see, she's just told me she's got a really bad sore throat, like one of the ones she used to get... which is leading her to think it's tonsillitis again
Thanks a lot for any answers!
Well, if she had 100% of the tonsil removed, i.e. there was no trace of tissue from the tonsil, it wouldn't grow back, but otherwise, if even a small clump is left it can grow back yeah.
so does that mean it's a lot more severe when you get tonsillitis on your 'partial grown back' tonsils?
There's no reason it should be more severe - might be more, might be less. If it bothers her she may have to have the regrown tonsils whipped out.
I see. How common is it for people to generally end up in hospital with tonsillitis? Both with Grown back and normal tonsils?
However as for regrowth it is the first time i have heard of it, not saying it isnt possible, im sure someone else can tell you more about that on here.
Generally tonsillitis, either original or regrown, can be managed with antibiotics. I think it is less than 15% of people with tonsillitis need surgery. Not sure of regrowth stats but you'd expect them to be much lower. Does she smoke? Smoking, or living in smoky environments, is linked with an increased likelihood that a tonsillectomy would be needed.
No, smoke-free. She only really told me that she [usually] ends up in hospital because it stops her from being able to eat/drink. Forgive me for my ignorance, but is the ending up in hospital thing what your 15% statistic was referring to, or was that referring to something else?
No, that was for surgery. How often is she having to be admitted?