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HomeAnswersOtolaryngology (E.N.T)sore throatI have a visible stone in the back of my throat with a thin, smelly wall that's causing pain. What could this be?

What is the reason for the painful stone in my throat that smells bad and has a thin wall over it?

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Answered by

Dr. Murari. M.

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At November 8, 2023
Reviewed AtJanuary 17, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been having the problem of getting something stuck in my throat for a long time and a bad smell was also coming from time to time sores, etc. For the last six months pain and the stone is also visible on one side but the stone is not visible on the other side it hurts more there and for a few days I have tried to press with a finger but there is a thin skin wall next to the tonsil and it is like a tumor and the pain is also there so is it any serious problem?

Kindly help.

Answered by Dr. Murari. M.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and can understand your concern.

I am sorry to hear about your troubles. Thank you for the excellent image provided (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) this reassuringly does not show anything grossly troublesome or suggestive of cancer. The main finding is that of an asymmetric tonsil with a more prominent tonsil on the left side, which otherwise appears normal. This can be persistent tonsilar tissue and can be found normally in up to 10 to 15 % of adults; however, a small percentage of this can also be due to a tonsilar malignancy or cancer, which can be ruled out only with further detailed evaluation and investigations. The rest of the symptoms can be secondary to laryngopharyngeal or silent reflux due to acid reflux into the throat.

  1. Do you have any other red-flag throat symptoms like difficulty swallowing, a change in voice, neck lumps, or nodes?

  2. Any reflux symptoms (heartburn, dyspepsia, sour reflux or fluid, dry cough)?

  3. Any history of cancer or radiation in the past?

  4. Smoking and alcohol history?

  5. Are there any other diseases or treatments for which you are undergoing treatment?

Revert with the answer to assist further.

Thank you and take care.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Murari. M.
Dr. Murari. M.

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