Adenoid Tonsillar Hypertrophy

  • Etiology: lymphatic tissue becomes inflammed or infected by bacteria
  • Imaging: enlargement of superoposterior wall of nasopharynx
  • Clinical: adenoid tonsils grow from 6 months – 6 years and then involute, palatine + adenoid tonsil enlargement most common cause of chronic upper airway obstruction

Radiology Cases of Adenoid Tonsillar Hypertrophy

Radiograph of adenoid tonsil hypertrophy and palatine tonsil hypertrophy
Lateral radiographs of the airway shows enlargement of the adenoid tonsils and the palatine tonsils.