Request for a referral for assessment for an Adenoidectomy.

Related keywords
Adenoids, tonsils, lymphoid (glandular) tissue, Waldeyer’s ring, ENT
Who can apply
General Practitioner, Consultant
Referral routes
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Adenoids are lymphoid (glandular) tissue, much the same as tonsils. They are part of a ring of lymphoid tissue (Waldeyer’s ring), which also includes tonsils.

Adenoids are located at the back of the nose, at the roof of the throat, above and behind the soft palate. These lymphoid tissues are supposed to trap and destroy viruses and bacteria entering the breathing passages.

Adenoids are only present in children. They start to grow from birth and are biggest when your child is approximately three to five years old.

By the age seven to eight they start to shrink and by the late teens, are barely visible. By adulthood, the adenoids will have disappeared completely.

Adenoidectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the adenoids. In general, adenoidectomy is not warranted unless the effect on the child of large adenoids is considerable and persists.