Tonsils, enlargement of

Enlarged tonsils are usually caused by viral or bacterial infection, in the latter case often associated with fever, sore throat and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. The condition occurs in tonsillitis and, among others, in glandular fever. The tonsils have a protective function against viruses and bacteria, but can lose this, and become a breeding ground for bacteria in particular, and cause infections of the mouth, throat and larynx. Chronically inflamed tonsils are sometimes enlarged, and

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