Tonsillar calcifications, tonsilloliths, are not rare
conditions for routine ear nose throat examinations.
Their size vary from barely visible to the pea size
and they should be kept in mind in the differential
diagnoses of radiopaque lesions in this region. We
report a 42-year-old male patient who had a large
tonsillolith together with an actinomycotic infection
of tonsillar region. The patient complained about
recurrent tonsillar infections. In his routine ear nose
throat examination a large tonsillolith, lodged in
the right palatine tonsil, was observed. The patient
underwent tonsillectomy under general anesthesia.
Histopathologic evaluation confirmed the diagnosis
of tonsillolith. Interestingly, actinomycotic infection
was observed. The pathogenesis of tonsilloliths is
not completely defined. Many investigators have
suggested that tonsilolliths originate as a result
of recurrent tonsillar infections. Our purpose is to
remind the tonsillolith in the differential diagnoses of
chronic tonsillar region pathologies.
FREE FULL TEXTAnahtar Kelimeler: Aktinomikotik enfeksiyon; tonsillektomi;tonsillolit.