Benign Tonsillar Masses
This page was last updated on: October 4, 2014
CYST OF RIGHT TONSIL

Epithelial cysts of the tonsils are
quite common.  They are glistening, smooth white or yellowish sessile masses.  Small cysts do not produce any symptoms. Larger cysts that cause a sensation of a "lump in the throat" may require removal.

See epiglottic cyst.
PAPILLOMA OF LEFT TONSIL
Squamous papillomas are commonly seen hanging from a pedicle on the uvula, pillars or tonsils. 
The papilloma in this picture is a fleshy sessile and granular mass arising from the posterior surface of the anterior pillar.

See more pictures of papilloma of the tonsil.

See also papilloma of the larynx.
POLYP OF LEFT TONSIL
(SURGEON'S VIEW)

This sessile tonsillar mass turned out to be a benign polyp on histologic examination.
GLOMUS VAGALE PROTRUDING INTO OROPHARYNX

This right pulsatile oropharyngeal swelling was associated with right hypoglossal paralysis and right vocal cord paralysis.  An ill-defined right neck mass behind the angle of the jaw was not readily visible.
Subtraction digital carotid angiography revealed the presence of a large chemodectoma.  The tumor was first embolized and at surgery, it was wrapped around the vagus nerve (Glomus Vagale).

See also Carotid Body Tumor
PLEOMORPHIC ADENOMA OF THE PAROTID PROTRUDING INTO THE OROPHARYNX

This right oropharyngeal swelling is the medial component of a dumbell parotid mixed tumor.
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