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Swollen Glands Treatments
Feb 2, 2005

What causes swollen glands in people with HIV? What can be done for swollen glands in the neck and chin? What tpye of treatment is most effective and acceptable in omitting them? Will the treatment be worst than the swollen glands themselves? Current have this problem and would mlike to know what treatment the experts are considering? Thank you/

Response from Dr. Henry

Often swollen glands are due to HIV itself in the lymph system (where 99% of the virus resides). Antiretroviral therapy often will decrease the size of nodes swollen with HIV though initially there can be an increase in size due to immune system recovery. Infections related to HIV can also cause general or regional lymph node enlargement. Which germ or condition can be causing that type of lymph node enlargement depends on the CD4 count and where the persons resides and what types of exposures they have had (an assessment your HIV specialist makes routinely). Treatment for lymph node enlargment not due to HIV depends on which of a wide variety of infections or conditions is active thus emphasizing the importance of a good evaluation and accurate diagnosis. KH



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