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Forum Name: Ear Nose and Throat

Question: Question?????????

graveswife - Sun Jul 04, 2004 5:50 pm

Is tonsillitus the same as pharyngitus or strep throat???
Dr. Tamer Fouad - Sun Jul 04, 2004 10:18 pm

Hello graveswife,
Tonsilitis is an inflammation of the tonsils which are a mass of lymphoid tissue believed to help protect the body from respiratory infections. The tonsils are situated at the junction between the mouth and the pharynx. The pharynx is also known as the throat. Hence pharyngitis is an inflammation of the pharynx which could be bacterial or fungal or due to many other causes. One of these causes is streptococcal bacteria. In this case it is called strept throat.


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