Tonsillar lymphoma as a cause of obstructive sleep apnea

Barry S. Feldman, Stuart F. Quan

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Infrequently in adults, isolated lesions of the upper airway, larynx, and trachea can produce obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We describe a case of OSA found to be caused by tonsillar lymphoma presenting as asymmetric tonsillar hypertrophy. Tonsillar lymphoma is rare, but can present as hypertrophied tonsils and/or adenopathy and lead to the development of OSA. This report emphasizes the importance of a thorough upper airway examination of all patients undergoing evaluation for OSA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-442
Number of pages2
JournalSleep Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2002


  • Lymphoma
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Physical examination
  • Tonsils

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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