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Where Are the Tonsils Located?

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD

My daughter is scheduled to have a tonsillectomy next week. Where exactly are the tonsils located in the throat?

The tonsils are two small, rounded masses of glandular tissue located on either side of the throat. The tonsils are part of the lymphoid system, and produce infection-fighting antibodies against bacteria and viruses entering through the throat. You can usually see the tonsils by looking into your child's throat using a flashlight.

For more information, check out these articles:
Can Tonsils Grow Back?
Tonsils and Tonsillectomies
Are Children With No Tonsils More Susceptible to Infections?

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Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: October 2006