Definition: Calcifications in the tonsillar crypts.
Clinical Features: Tonsiliths clinically present as yellow-white stones in the tonsillar crypts. They range in size from millimeters to centimeters. A few studies have linked tonsiliths with halitosis (bad breath). I have been told tonsiliths ‘smell like death’ from a person who had them come out while rinsing their mouth with Listerine.
|Location:||Superimposed over the ramus and angle of the mandible on pantomographs||Axial and Coronal views = lateral to airway and medial to ramus of mandible|
|Edge:||Well-defined, smooth to irregular outline||Well-defined, smooth to irregular outline|
|Shape:||Round to irregular masses||Round to irregular masses|
|Other:||Unilateral or bilateral||Unilateral or bilateral|
|Number:||Single or multiple||Single or multiple|
Tonsiliths – 2D
(1st image = bilateral with arrows and 2nd image without arrows)
Tonsiliths – Bilateral
Tonsiliths – CBCT
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