Can tonsils grow back after a tonsillectomy?Ear, Nose & Throat
I had a tonsillectomy 5 years ago to remove my tonsils. I've since noticed a small lump of about 5 mm in size which has been unchanged for a long time. I would like to find out whether tonsils can regrow, and how this happens. Thank you!
It is certainly possible for tonsil tissues to grow back especially if it was not removed completely (depending on whether a tonsillectomy - complete removal of the tonsil or tonsillotomy - partial or near complete removal of the tonsil was performed). Regrowths of tonsillar tissues after tonsillectomy is however rare.
It may be possible that the "regrowths" are benign lumps from tonsillar tissues such as cysts, fibroma, papillomas or lipomas. I would suggest that you have the lump assessed by an ENT Specialist.
Hope this helps and all the best!
This is very unlikely. The tonsils contain lymphoid tissue or white blood cells. Rarely if the surgery is not complete, the tonsils may regrow, but this is uncommon.