|Surgery for swollen glands?
Oct 13, 2008
I have been HIV+ for 25 yrs. Viral load undectable, Tcells 700+. 2 years ago I had successful radiation therapy to reduce swollen parotid glands in neck. I continue to have constant swollen glands in other areas of neck. It is very obvious and somewhat disfiguring. A plastic surgeon claims he could remove them. Is this something that makes sense? Risks?
| Response from Dr. Henry
Difficult to comment on potential effectiveness of surgery for the swollen glands since swelling could be due to a number of factors. If due to actual swollen lymph nodes I would be hesitant to have them removed. If due to fat in the area then liposuction can be helpful for some patients. I would heavily involve your HIV specialist in the decision process. KH
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