| Enlarged parotid glands
Jan 10, 2006
I am long term HIV+ w/ t-cells of 5 an undetec vload. My parotids have been slightly enlarged. My plastic surgeon said he can remove them, not know as it's not warranted, or I could do radiation therapy. What are the benefits of keeping my parotid glands. I know radiation can cause dry mouth. Thanks
| Response from Dr. Henry
I haven't seen any comparisons of radiation versus surgery. Removing the parotid glands would more likely result in even a greater degree of dry mouth than radiaion. I have had numerous patients undergo radiation therapy with reasonable results while none of my patients have undergone surgical removal so I can't comment on that approach from my own experience. KH
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.