Enlarged adenoids

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Adenoids are located behind the nose on the back wall of the nasal cavity. Find out about the signs and symptoms of enlarged adenoids and what you can do to help.

Key points

  • Adenoids are lumps of lymphatic tissue. They are found on the back wall of the nose. They cannot be seen when looking in the mouth.
  • In some children, adenoids become more enlarged after repeated infections. This is common and normal.
  • Severely enlarged adenoids can lead to breathing difficulty, especially during sleep.
  • Surgery to remove the adenoids may be recommended if they are disrupting breathing or sleep.
Last updated: March 12th 2024