Tonsil volume may predict adenoid size: a real-life study

Tonsil volume may predict adenoid size: a real-life study


  • Giorgio Ciprandi Allergy Clinic, Casa di Cura Villa Montallegro, Genoa, Italy
  • Fabio Gallo Health Sciences Dpt, Genoa University, Genoa, Italy
  • Valerio Damiani Medical Department, DMG, Pomezia, Italy
  • Franco Ameli ENT Unit, Casa di Cura Villa Montallegro, Genoa, Italy


tonsils hypertrophy, adenoid hypertrophy, nasal endoscopy, children


Tonsil hypertrophy (TH) and adenoid hypertrophy (AH) are very common in children. Adenoid is visible only by endoscopy. This study investigated the possible relationship between the tonsil and adenoid volume and the possible prediction of adenoid size. Globally, 991 children (461 females, 530 males, mean age 6.2 ± 2.3 years), complaining persistent upper airway obstruction, were consecutively visited at an otorhinolaryngological unit. TH was significantly (p<0.0001) associated with AH and tonsil volume predicted adenoid size. This outcome could have relevance in clinical practice as adenoid are evaluable only by endoscopy, so tonsil assessment could mirror adenoid volume.


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Tonsil volume may predict adenoid size: a real-life study. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2020 Feb. 17 [cited 2024 Jun. 19];91(1-S):77-80. Available from:

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