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Swollen Lymph Nodes - sub mandible
Mar 21, 2006

I have been HIV+ for 20+ years. Been on some form of HARRT for 10 Years. See my doctor every 3 months, feel great. I recently have developed severely swollen lymph nodes in the sub mandible area. The first time, had a Biopsy, no cancer. A month or so later one of the nodes was as big as a golf ball...went to ent, got antibiotics, they went down. Two weeks later, they're back...I can almost see them growing. They are soft, but non-tener, unless I keep playing with it and then it gets tender. Same ones as before. I feel great, better than ever. Maybe they are just hypersensitive now?Should I have the ones that are swelling large, and distorting my face, removed? Their ugly!!!

Response from Dr. Henry

I assume you have had a thorough dental and ENT examination including possibly a head/neck CT or MRI? It would be unusual for HIV to cause a person who stable and doing well on HIV meds to suddenly develop large lymph nodes as you describe. Your HIV specialist who knows your treatment history and general health status often can offer key advice regarding whether a repeat biopsy or other evaluation is indicated. KH

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