Dec 21, 2001
DEar Doc. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on ways to shrink swollen parotids due to hiv/haart,short of surgery.Someone suggested that you ,pardon the pun,suck on sour balls and that this motion helps.(as told to him by Virginia Cafro) I tried it and got no result.Anothr suggested massage inside/outside of the area.(this I haven't done.) Any ideas short of surgery?? All the best to you and your family for the Holidays. Sincerely,Luke
| Response from Dr. Henry
Swollen parotids are often due to cystic disease in this setting. We have obtained a CT scan and had an ENT doc examine the person to feel secure that no other disease process is likely. In many of those cases we have utilized low-dose radiation therapy which has been very helpful. The parotids have decreased in size for > 1 year. Occasionally they have had to undergo more radiation treatments. KH
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