Pharyngeal tonsils, or "adenoids," are well known, and the frequency of their pathologic importance in children is recognized even among laymen. Perhaps as a result of this, physicians seem to have a rather blasé attitude toward them. This may induce the opinion that they are peculiarly a phenomenon of childhood. I have even heard them dismissed as not occurring in adults. Texts usually give them passing or no mention in a discussion of the nasal, pharyngeal and otologic diseases of adults, often with such statements as this by Politzer; "The catarrhs of the middle ear . . . are most frequently due to . . . chronic catarrhs from the nasopharynx, and in children to adenoid vegetations."
I present an analysis of nineteen cases of adenoids in adults which to me proves that carelessness in thought and in examination should be more carefully guarded against. The fact that adenoids usually atrophy after adolescence does not mean
NELSON RF. ADENOIDS IN ADULTS: A CLINICAL STUDY. Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;10(1):70–72. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620040080008
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