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hello, my name is Karmit I have a question reguarding my son. He is almost three years old, I recently noticed his uvula is conected to his right tonsil. What is the meaning of it? Is there anything to be worried about?
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replied November 9th, 2009
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A7806
You would like to know whether there is something to worry about if your son’s uvula is connected to his right tonsil.

The uvula is a small “V”-shaped extension of the soft palate that hangs over the tongue at the entrance to the throat. Normally the uvula is separated from the tonsils. In certain situations such as peritonsilar or retropharyngeal abscess the uvula is pushed aside towards the healthy tonsil.

You may consider seeing an otorhinolaryngologist for further diagnosis and treatment options. You may consider taking your son to surgery to have the uvula separated from the tonsil if the condition is congenital or to have the abscess drained in case he is diagnosed with this condition.

Please keep in mind that I am trying to provide you with medical information here. I am not able to give you medical advice online. Please contact your doctor or a qualified healthcare provider such as an otorhinolaryngologist to learn more about diagnosis and treatment options.



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