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Adenoids and adenoidectomy

The adenoids are at the back of the throat, behind the nose and above the tonsils.

Along with the tonsils, the adenoids trap bacteria and germs that you breathe in. They stop doing this in early childhood, and by the age of three the adenoids are of no more use. The adenoids grow smaller and smaller over time, eventually disappearing in adulthood.

An adenoidectomy is an operation to remove the adenoids.