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Adenoids

Where are the Adenoids?

The adenoids sit right at the back of the nose between the openings of the eustachian tubes. These tubes connect the nose to the middle ear.

What are the Adenoids?

Adenoids are made of lymphoid tissue, just like the tonsils. Lymphoid tissue does form part of the body’s immune system but there are lots of other bits of lymphoid tissue in the body and so adenoids can be taken out without any effect on the body’s ability to fight infections.  

Why should the adenoids be removed?

Adenoids only need to be removed if they are causing problems. If the adenoids are large they cause nasal blockage and mouth breathing. This can be a particular issue at night, causing a child to have disrupted sleep and even episodes of breath holding (apnoea). Infection is the main reason for large adenoids and these children can also have persistent unpleasant nasal discharge and cough. Infected adenoids can lead to middle ear problems such as infection and glue ear.

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