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swollen parotids again after tx
Aug 18, 2007

Has anyone has their parotids treated with radiation and have the swelling return?? I had mine swell up in 2000 within minutes and had them treated by Dr, Patricia Gordon in 2004,. Now I think they have slowly gotten swollen again. Any ideas?? I won;'t travel from san diego to La to see her.. Does anyone in San diego do the exact treatment that she does?? or is there anything new that is less dangerous..? I lost over 200 tcells within the 2 weeks of treatment and they never returned.. so I probably won;t do that again,.,. Any ideas?? thanks.. Luke

Response from Dr. Henry

Most of my patients that undergone radiation treatment for swollen parotids have had the enlargement slowly recur over a 2-5+ year time period. Some of my patients have undergone 2 and rarely 3 radiation treatments. For cystic enlargement of the parotids in the setting of HIV infection I have not seen much on alternative effective treatments. If any reader has a good reference or personal experience on/with alternative treastment for parotid enlargment please post. KH



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