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Swollen Glands
Mar 31, 1999

I would like to know how swollen glands, or lymph nodes present themselves in HIV disease. Do they appear shortly after infection, with the swelling then going down but the lump never actually disappearing? Or can they not appear until 7 mo. to a year after infection? Is this possible? When they do appear are they usually affected throughout the body in HIV infection, or can they be limited to the ones in the neck, without the ones in the groin, elbow, armpit, etc.. being affected? And with one last question you will also answer...are there lymph nodes located inside of our cheeks? I have a friend who has this small pea-like lump inside of her cheek. If she places one finger inside of her mouth and one on the outside of her cheek she can move it around. She has had this for about 5 years and does not seem worried about it. Could this possibly be a swollen node?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Lymph node swelling usually appears with a couple of weeks. Seven months after infection would be extremely unusual. They are usually swollen everywhere. Lymph nodes are located pretty much everywhere. What you describe could or could not be a lymph node. MH



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