Tonsillolith Symptoms, Causes & More

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Symptoms

Small tonsilloliths may not produce any noticeable symptoms. Even when the tonsilloliths are large, sometimes they're only visible on a CT scan or X-ray. However, when a person has symptoms, they may include bad breath, a sore throat, coughing, visible white debris, difficult swallowing, ear pain and tonsil swelling.3Alfayez, Abdulrhman, et al. ‘A Giant Tonsillolith.’ Saudi Medical Journal, Saudi Medical Journal, Apr. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5938656/

Bad breath is a common symptom of tonsilloliths. Also known as halitosis, bad breath may occur when the tonsils become infected. When tonsilloliths occur along with infected tonsils, a person may experience a sore throat.

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