Lesioni linfoproliferative benigne della parotide nelle infezioni da HIV

Translated title of the contribution: Benign lymphoproliferative parotid lesions in HIV infection

Lucia Cecconi, Elisa Busi Rizzi, Vincenzo Schininà, Giovanna Mazzuoli

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The authors investigated the role of ultrasonography (US) as the method of choice in diagnosing parotid lesions in HIV+ patients. Bilateral parotid gland enlargement associated with laterocervical lymph node enlargement is a sign of HIV infection. This pathologic condition is observed in 2-10% of seropositive patients. Histology demonstrates benign lymphoproliferative lesions referrable to immune system activation. Our series consisted of 37 HIV+ patients monitored with US for a year; all patients had cytologic confirmation of their disease, with needle biopsy in 9 patients and with MR studies in 4 patients. US showed focal solid lesions, with cystic and mixed appearance in the 26 adult subjects and gross parenchymal inhomogeneity in the 11 children; laterocervical lymph node enlargement was associated in 31 cases. In the only two cases with unilateral parotid involvement, an abscess and a lymphoma were diagnosed. To conclude, US findings in HIV+ patients, although aspecific, can help make the correct diagnosis, if they are integrated with the patient's history and clinical findings.

Translated title of the contributionBenign lymphoproliferative parotid lesions in HIV infection
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)87-91
Number of pages5
JournalRadiologia Medica
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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