A case of HIV-associated salivary gland disease (HSD) presenting with bilateral parotid abscesses

Saeko Matsuzaki, Yasuo Sato, Noboru Habu, Kana Senba

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HIV-associated salivary gland disease (HSD) is one of the initial symptoms of HIV infection. HSD occurs in about 5%∼10% HIV patients. Usually, HSD shows multilocular soft cystic lesions in parotid glands; however, it does not show bilateral parotid abscesses. We report the case of a 32-year-old man with HIV infection that initially presented as bilateral parotid abscesses. He came to our hospital with a 1-week history of bilateral parotid swelling. He did not have a history of HIV infection, diabetes mellitus, or tuberculosis infection. We performed incision and drainage, bacterial culture, and serological examination, which showed HIV infection. This is a rare case of HSD starting as bilateral parotid abscesses. Because cystic enlargement of the bilateral parotid glands is an unusual condition in the HIV-negative population, HIV testing should be recommended in such cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1220-1224
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Otolaryngology of Japan
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2016



  • Bilateral parotid abscess
  • HIV infection
  • HIV-associated salivary gland disease (HSD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Medicine(all)

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