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The tonsils are small, round pieces of tissue that are located in the back of the mouth on the side of the throat. Tonsils are thought to help fight infections by producing antibodies. You can see your child's tonsils with a flashlight. Tonsillitis occurs when the tonsils become inflamed.
Adenoids are similar to tonsils. They're made up of lymph tissue and are located in the space above the soft roof of the mouth (nasopharynx) and cannot be seen by looking in your child's nose or throat. Adenoids also help to fight infections. Adenoids may cause problems if they become enlarged or infected.
Once the need for surgery has been determined, you will meet with different members of your health care team who are going to be involved with your child's care at Children's. These include:
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