Med Students - Tonsils growing back? Watch

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I had no idea that this was possible. My girlfriend just told me she had them removed, but they grew back and that whenever she gets tonsillitis now, she ends up in hospital because it usually stops her from being able to eat/drink.

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!
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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.
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Yeah they can regrow. Tonsils are just lymphoid tissue so even if a tiny bit is left behind they can grow again. If they are troublesome then she might have to have the op again.
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As far as i know your tonsils wont grow back, i got them removed so i know. But yeah you can still get sore throat and etc etc but honestly never heard of tonsils growing back again.
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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?
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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.
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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?
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(Original post by _MaLc_)
I see. How common is it for people to generally end up in hospital with tonsillitis? Both with Grown back and normal tonsils?
They only now take out tonsills as a last resort, before they wipped them out at the first sign of tonsillitus but now they seem to leave it and see how prone you are to getting problems with them.

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.
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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.
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(Original post by OrmondDrone)
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?
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http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/...grow-back.html
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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?
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No, that was for surgery. How often is she having to be admitted?
I can't remember when she got them removed, but it's been for several years. I'm not too sure if she's tried to remove them again, all I know is that whenever she gets tonsillitis... she usually ends up having to be admitted into hospital for a week(give or take). I'm not too sure if it's gotten worse since the original surgery... but yeah, that's all I really know. I'm just really concerned and I'd just like to hear how concerned I SHOULD be? Because i'm ******** myself lol (I've always had top notch health you see...)
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I've never come across someone who has needed such frequent admissions for tonsillitis on a regrowth before. If it were me that was having such problems I'd be seeking a second opinion from an ENT consultant.
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