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Summary Information: Tonsils

Tonsils: The tonsils are structures of the immune system located in the pharynx and throat. The tonsils protect the body from potential infection of invading pathogens into the respiratory system and the digestive system. They possibly play a role in fighting pharyngeal infections and upper respiratory infections.

The tonsils are made up of lymphatic tissue and contain lymphocytes. Some types of tonsils contain tonsillar crypts. Tonsils include several different structures: the adenoids, tubal tonsils, lingual tonsils, and palatine tonsils. Conditions that can afflict the tonsils include tonsillitis, tonsil hypertrophy, tonsilloliths, and pharyngeal cancer.

Closely Related Organs: Tonsils

The following organs are closely related to the organ: Tonsils:

Conditions Afflicting Organs: Tonsils

The following conditions are related to the organ: Tonsils:

Sub Parts: Tonsils

The following list contains sub-parts of the organ: Tonsils:

Symptoms Related to Afflictions of: Tonsils

These symptoms are related to afflictions of the organ: Tonsils:

Condition count: 7 ; see list below.

Organ types: Neck (43), Throat (44), Immune system (145)

Related organs: neck (43), throat (44), adenoids (2), trachea (5)

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Diseases List for Tonsils:

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