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Kristin Hayes, R.N.

Can Tonsils Grow Back?

By November 30, 2011

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Many people who've had a tonsillectomy are surprised when they look at the back of their throat to see bumps or even white patches. You may have been under the impression that you'd never get strep throat again, but this is actually not the case. Even after having your tonsils removed you can still get strep throat, and if even the smallest amount of tonsil tissue remains after your surgery your tonsils can actually grow back. Despite this risk, the benefits of tonsillectomies have been well researched and proven. Individuals typically have far less throat infections after having their tonsils removed. Even if your tonsils do grow back they are unlikely to ever become as large as they were before surgery. You don't need to be too alarmed unless you have one particularly large tonsil and the other has not grown, or has not grown  as much (a symptom of tonsilar cancer). For more information read:

Can Your Tonsils Grow Back After a Tonsillectomy?

All About Having Your Tonsils Removed

What Causes Swollen Tonsils?

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