A rare cause of tonsil mass in a child: Lymphoid polyp

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Objective: Solitary mass lesions of the palatine tonsils are rare in children. While a tonsillar mass can be concerning for a neoplasm, benign conditions may present with a mass arising from the surface of the palatine tonsils in children. We describe clinical and histopathological characteristics of a lymphoid polyp in a child with unilateral tonsillar mass. Methods: Retrospective chart review. Results: A 6-year-old girl presented for evaluation of recurrent acute tonsillitis and a mass on the left palatine tonsil. A pedunculated mass with the base attached to the left palatine tonsil was observed. The mass was completely removed by tonsillectomy. The final diagnosis was lymphoid polyp. Conclusion: Pediatricians, otolaryngologists, and pathologists should be aware of the occurrence of tonsillar lymphoid polyp in the pediatric age group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSAGE Open Medical Case Reports
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Children
  • Lymphoid polyp
  • Palatine tonsil
  • Tonsillar mass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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