|Enlarged Parotid Glands
Mar 1, 2002
I have bilateral swelling of the parotid glands. My CD4 count is 609 and viral load <50 copies. I have recently had treatment with New Fill for the correction of facial lypodystrophy. Is there a treatment for reducing the swelling of the parotids?
| Response from Dr. Henry
Enlarged parotids in the setting of HIV infection is not uncommon. Often the cause is cystic enlargement of the parotids. A good ENT doc with HIV experience should examine you to try and determine if there is another cause (i.e. infection, tumor, sicca syndrome). If nothing is found then often a CT scan is ordered which may show multiple cysts. Low dose radiation treatment are often helpful for cystic enlargement of the parotids. KH
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