Salivary gland disease in pediatric HIV patients: An update

Andres Pinto, Scott S. De Rossi

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Oral manifestations are one of the earliest clinical indicators of HIV infection and progression in children. Prompt recognition of these signs and symptoms by dental providers can help in the diagnosis and intervention of delaying the progression of HIV disease to AIDS. Salivary gland disease is a common manifestation of HIV infection in pediatric patients, presenting either as gland enlargement and/or xerostomia. The parotid glands by far are most frequently affected, though the other major glands are commonly involved. Diseases of the salivary glands and the corresponding quantitative changes in saliva affect the homeostasis of the oral cavity and account for significant morbidity during the progression of HIV disease. This paper summarizes the research on HIV-related salivary gland disease and outlines treatment and management considerations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Dentistry for Children
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004


  • Children
  • HIV Infection
  • Salivary Gland Disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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