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Lympho-epithelial cystic disease
Mar 1, 2006

I just recently went to an ENT for a Left side parotid gland mass. He did a needle biopsy, which did have liquid in it. He said the findings were consistent with lympho-epithelial cystic disease. What exactly is this? The doctor drained about 85-90% of the flood. But it has come back (swelling) within about a 2 week period. Will it ever completely go away? I have looked everywhere for a definition. Can you please help?

Response from Dr. Henry

Lympho-epithelial cystic disease of the parotid glands is a condition seen in HIV+ patients (and some others) with swelling/inflammation of the lymphatic tissue ( a hallmark of HIV infection) ithin the salivary glandular structure. Surgery, radiation therapy (low dose) and antiretroviral therapy can help different patients to different degrees. Many HIV specialists have some familiarity with the condition. KH

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