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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Elongated uvula

01/05/2010

Question:

My husband recently had hernia surgery, his uvula is now very elongated and at times rests on the back of his tongue, is this normal and will it go back to its normal size.

Answer:

The uvula can be irritated by the endotracheal tube used to breath for you during surgery. This swelling should resolve in a week or two. If not, a short course of oral steroids would help.

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Response by:

Lee   Zimmer, MD Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati