Adenoids are glands located on the roof of the mouth behind the soft palate where the nose connects to the throat. Adenoids produce white blood cells (antibodies) to help fight infections. Adenoids are similar to the lymph nodes or glands found in the neck and armpits. Adenoids are high inside the throat and not visible without special instruments.
Two of the most common problems that can affect the adenoids are recurrent infections in the throat or enlargement of the glands (adenoiditis). The adenoids can be thought of us as the body’s “first line of defense” when it comes to immunity: they sample bacteria that enter the body from the mouth or the nose and provide antibodies (white blood cells) that help fight infections. Adenoids can be prone to infection because bacteria and viruses continually come in contact with them regularly.
Your Ogden Clinic ear, nose and throat (ENT) physician may recommend a number of tests to confirm adenoiditis, including endoscopy, computed tomography (CT) scan, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). If adenoiditis exists, your Ogden Clinic otolaryngologist may prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. If antibiotics are ineffective, or if you suffer from chronic adenoiditis (three or more times in a calendar year), your Ogden Clinic physician may perform adenoidectomy surgery (removal of your adenoids).
Your Ogden Clinic ENT will perform the adenoidectomy as an outpatient procedure lasting between 60 and 90 minutes. You will likely be able to return home within four hours after the procedure is complete.