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Can tonsils dissolve in a human

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my mother is 60 years old and is in good over all health. she went to her doctor and her md said she no longer had tonsils, my mother has never had them removed. Can tonsils just dissolve?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  NurseElisa replied 10 years ago.
The tonsils could have atrophied (or shrunk) just past the uvula so that the doctor wouldn't be able to see them easily. An ENT doctor would probably be able to see them though, using a lighted instrument and gently pushing back the structures that the uvula (the little piece of tissue that hangs from the middle of the top of the throat).

It is perfectly normal for this to happen.

Hope this helps!