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Oral infection. Close-up of the mouth of a 14- year-old girl infected with an unidentified fungus. The infection has produced crusty yellow sores on the tongue and at the back of the throat. This infection developed one week after a tonsillectomy, the surgical removal of the tonsils. The tonsils are lumps of lymphoid tissue found at the back of the throat which keep the respiratory tract clear of infections. If they become a regular focus for infection themselves (tonsillitis), they are removed.
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