Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis

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Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Tonsillitis. Throat of a 15-year-old girl with tonsillitis, inflammation of the tonsils due to infection. The tonsils are covered in white patches of the micro-organism responsible. The tonsils are oval-shaped masses of spongy lymphoid tissue on either side of the back of the mouth. They play a role in the body's response to infection, producing antibodies for the immune system, and trapping and destroying micro- organisms that enter the throat. Tonsillitis causes a sore throat, fever and difficulty with swallowing. Treatment is with antibiotics or, if it is recurrent and severe, the surgical removal of the tonsils (tonsillectomy).

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