Apr 13, 2000
Hi! Thank you in advance for responding. I have been Hiv+ for two years. My question is: Is swelling of the submanibular (salivary) glands common for hiv infected people? I have been told that it is not, and could happen due to many things? Please advise, they have been swollen without pain for about three months. I have not been to my PCP about it.
Response from Dr. Henry
I see that fairly often actually (as well as swelling of the parotid salivary glands). At times there is a benign cystic condition that develops. Also seen is a dry mouth type syndrome with some plugging of the salivary glands. My ENT and dental consultants often help me out with those cases. I can't say there is necessarily any direct link to the status of HIV infection. We occasionally see malignancy in those regions so a professional check can be of value and usual simply a relief to know that nothing serious is going on. Keith Henry, M.D.
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