Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Mouth and Throat Problems

 

Ankyloglossia ("Tongue Tied")

The lingual frenulum is a fold of tissue that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. In a child who is considered "tongue tied," this fold of tissue is too short. It can affect speech, feeding, and swallowing. Learn more about tongue tie.

Adenoid Hypertrophy

An enlargement of the adenoids that can sometimes lead to airway obstruction, interfere with speech, swallowing, or Eustachian tube dysfunction.

Learn what to expect after an adenoidectomy (removal of adenoids).

Tonsillar Hypertrophy

The enlargement of the tonsils that may also lead to airway obstruction and loud snoring. Symptoms may become worse at night.

Peritonsillar Abscess

A collection of pus in the tissue next to one of the tonsils, this condition can be a complication of tonsillitis.

Retropharyngeal Abscess

A collection of pus in the deep tissues in the back of the throat.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Snoring and other sleep disordered breathing that can lead to disrupted sleeping and subsequent sleepiness, irritability, heart and lung problems and inattention during the day. Learn more about treatment options at the Vanderbilt Sleep Center.

Chronic Tonsillitis

Recurrent strep throat or multiple throat infections. Symptoms may include throat pain, bad breath, and difficulty swallowing. Surgical intervention may be necessary.

Common indications for tonsillectomy (removal of tonsils)

  • More than six episodes of tonsillitis per year
  • Three episodes of tonsillitis per year for two years of more
  • Tonsillitis associated with bad breath, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes in neck
  • Peritonsillar abscess
  • Obstructive sleep apnea or sleep disturbance
  • Difficulty swallowing

Learn what to expect after a tonsillectomy.


Last Edited: July 8, 2016
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