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Endoscopic trans-nasal Adenoids are a part of the immune system, like the tonsils, and are found at the upper part of the throat, right behind the nose, in the area called post-nasal space or nasopharynx, in close relationship with the Eustachian tubes, which ventilate the ears (image). Their contribution is thought to be significant in the first few years of life. After the age of 12 they shrink and they are rarely visible in the adult.

Chronic Adenoiditis (chronic inflammation of the adenoids) is usually associated with their enlargement, and is a common problem of childhood. It causes nasal obstruction, snoring and glue ear, which is accumulation of fluid behind the ear drum, which affects the hearing without other troublesome symptoms. In these cases, removal of adenoids (Adenoidectomy) may be indicated.

Adenoid enlargement in adults is managed with great suspicion, because it can hide malignant disease. This is why every adult with swelling in the postnasal space must undergo a radiologic study with MRI or CT. In selected cases, biopsy under local or general anaesthesia and histology may be indicated.

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