How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Bob Your Own Question
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob, Medical Doctor
Category: Oncology
Satisfied Customers: 5330
Experience:  20 Years in Internal Medicine, Neurology and Sports Medicine
Type Your Oncology Question Here...
Dr. Bob is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

What is this skin lesion? I was removing my tonsil stones

Customer Question

What is this skin lesion? I was removing my tonsil stones and noticed this it's located in my anterior tonsil pillar... was thinking it could be normal lymphoid tissue then my mind started running and I conceded it's some kind of cancer or HPV? So what could this lesion be exactly???
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Oncology
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
This a ptc
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
This is a picture
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 9 months ago.

It's hard to say based only on this picture, but this does not appear to be neoplastic. A lymphoid polyp would be a consideration, as the lymphatic tissue there may enlarge and shrink depending on what organisms it is exposed to. Other less likley possibilites would be a mucocele or leukoplakia, a thickened, white patch that sometimes forms (especially in smokers) on the gums, the insides of the cheeks, or the base of the mouth. These types of things will often regress on their own over the course of weeks or months. Anything that doesn't, or that grows in size, should be examined promptly, of course.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Okay I'm freaking out thinking what if it's HPV !? And I develop a cancer what should I do to reduce this anxiety??? ..... I attached another image what do you think it looks like here ... and do we even have lymph tissue in this area (the anterior tonsil pillar)
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 9 months ago.

There is a lot of lymphoid tissue present throughout the oropharynx, especially in and around the tonsils. That said, the appearance is non-specific, but benign...can't say for sure that it wasn't triggered by HPV but there are over one hundred strains of HPV and very few of them are associated with OP cancer. Even when we do get one of these strains, they don't always cause cancer. We may clear the virus completely or it can linger for awhile without leading to there are other factors involved in cancer genesis including other risk factors (e.g. smoking) and the strength of the immune system.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
What do you think I should worry that it's something dangerous? Does it look suspicious or dangerous to you? I think it does remember mucocele....
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 9 months ago.

I agree that it appears benign, though pictures don't tell the whole story of course. I can say that I see these types of irregular growths from time to time and they almost never turn out to be anything worrisome. The only way to know for sure would be to show it to your doctor or dentist and have a biopsy done if suspicion remains after examining it.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
is there a chance it's just lymphoid tissue...?
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 9 months ago.

Sure. It could also be a mucosal skin tag or retention cyst or hyperplastic polyp. Most causes are benign. It would be important to monitor it over time ("watchful waiting") and let your doctors know about any changes. You might actually notice it start to regress within a few weeks or months.

Related Oncology Questions