18 January 2011

Medical Word of the Day: cryptic tonsillitis

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Cryptic tonsillitis: the tonsils contain many crevices called "crypts" and in some people, these tonsilar crevices become full of white debris that has a foul odor; this debris is made up of bacteria, food particles, dried mucus and dead white cells. This can lead to halitosis (or bad breath). The debris is referred to as tonsil stones or a "tonsillolith".

Occasionally in some people a low-grade sore throat will accompany the presence of tonsillolith. Cryptic tonsillitis will come and go, although the removal of the tonsils altogether is the only way for a real, longterm cure.

And you thought just plain old tonsillitis was bad...

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