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#196884 - 08/09/18 12:58 AM Weird bumps after tonsillectomy  
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Hi I posted a few months ago about some red and white areas in my throat and on my soft palate. I have also had a continuous scratchy throat and allergy symptoms since November of last year. I am a former alcohol user and of course am worried about that being a cause.

Anyway I have been to several ents who have basically told me I don’t have cancer. Not convinced I visited another specialist who has experience in oral cancer. He suggested taking out my tonsils and that happened to include the red spots on my palate but I don’t believe it was even mentioned for recognition. His nurse called a few days later and said everything is ok. I obtained the report and to me it only included that I had tonsil stones no mention of the scratchy throat or redness. It looked to only have a gross description and a general follicular hyperplasia diagnosis.

What has me concerned is that I am now on day 24 post tonsillectomy and in my tonsil beds there are areas of lumps that are growing rather than going away. It looks worse everyday and is slightly painful. I don’t have a fever or any other symptoms of infection. I obviously have researched this and am finding nothing. Which makes me wonder if anyone else who did get an oral cancer diagnosis have issues like this after a biopsy?

The Dr. didn’t want to see me for 6-8 weeks but I called today and they are going to see me on Friday.

Obviously I’m not looking for a diagnosis here just wondering if this could be a red flag.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration,
Tammy

#196886 - 08/09/18 02:26 AM Re: Weird bumps after tonsillectomy [Re: Tammy7272]  
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Im very glad you have had a successful surgery. Comparing a biopsy to a surgery is not close to an equal comparison. Biopsies take a teeny tiny sample of tissue where removing your tonsils took substantially more tissue. A biopsy takes tissue about the size of a grain of rice and removing tonsils would be significantly greater amount so after effects would be drastically different.

You have done the right thing in calling your doc to get a much sooner appointment. You could have an infection going on or some sort of fluid retention causing swelling. Infections can quickly turn into a serious health concern. I normally do not show the usual signs of infections and am usually pretty surprised when that kind of thing happens to me. Many here who have been diagnosed with OC do not have many obvious symptoms which is often why OC is not noticed when its in its earliest stages. Hopefully what you have is nothing major. Good luck!!!


Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
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PICC line IV antibx 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
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#196887 - 08/09/18 03:01 AM Re: Weird bumps after tonsillectomy [Re: Tammy7272]  
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Thank you Christine! You are always so kind and helpful. Hope you are doing well!

I’m hoping it’s just something wacky going on. My mind just drifts to the tonsillectomy ticking off the tissue and all heck’s breaking loose.

Also does anyone know if when you get a biopsy if it should include a microscopic picture? I have had one biopsy and now the tonsillectomy and all my reports only include the basic stuff, clinical info(which one Dr. said benign neoplasm and this one said tonsil stones) gross description and final diagnosis. I’ve had unrelated biopsies on skin issues in the past and always had the micro included with those which some even took advantage of certain stains. Am I silly to think these are not getting full attention because the Doctors do not think they are visually worrisome?

I’ve tried inquiring about this but I can’t seem to get a clear answer.

Thanks again!

#196888 - 08/09/18 10:30 AM Re: Weird bumps after tonsillectomy [Re: Tammy7272]  
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The path reports Ive seen do not have photos. This could be something that is done differently according to where its being read?? Or, maybe its done differently for each hospital or doctor? I would ask your doc tomorrow, at your next appointment.


Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line IV antibx 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile
#196889 - 08/09/18 11:31 AM Re: Weird bumps after tonsillectomy [Re: ChristineB]  
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I’m sorry for the confusion, I meant a microscopic analysis, not picture. No where have I seen an evaluation microscopically.


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