Enlargement of Left Tonsil

When there is unilateral tonsillar enlargement,a cancerous (malignant)lesion has to be suspected. Palpation with a gloved finger is helpful to compare the texture of tonsils.Malignant lesions are firm in consistency. There may be ulceration of the surface. Draining lymph nodes are usually enlarged. To obtain tissue diagnosis, tonsillectomy has to be done under general anesthesia.If the tonsil is ulcerated, small piece can be taken from the ulcer crater. Pathologist's report will be available in a weeks time.If the lesion is cancerous, Oncologists help is required.