Author(s): Jacob Koella*


Epidermoid cysts are benign developmental cyst with a low incidence in the head and neck region of approximately 2%. The various locations where the cyst can arise are sublingual, submental, submandibular, buccal mucosa and very rarely the tonsils. Here we present an epidermoid cyst of left tonsil which was incidentally detected in a patient diagnosed of chronic tonsilitis. Tonsillar cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the tissues around the tonsils. A tonsillar abscess is a collection of pus behind the tonsils. Tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths, are mineralizations of debris within the crevices of the tonsils. Tonsils are the oval-shaped pads in the back of the throat. They are a part of the body’s immune system, and produce white blood cells and antibodies; they act like guards, helping to prevent bacterial and viruses from entering the body through the mouth.

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