The enlargement of the tonsils, but without a history of inflammation.
Obstructive tonsillar hypertrophy is currently the most common reason for tonsillectomy.
- varying degrees of disturbed sleep which may include:
- loud snoring
- irregular breathing
- nocturnal choking and coughing
- frequent awakenings
- sleep apnea
Tonsillar Hypertrophy Grading Scale
- Tonsil 0: Tonsils fit within tonsillar fossa
- Tonsil 1+: Tonsils <25% of space between pillars
- Tonsil 2+: Tonsils <50% of space between pillars
- Tonsil 3+: Tonsils <75% of space between pillars
- Tonsil 4+: Tonsils >75% of space between pillars