Alcohol sclerotherapy of human immunodeficiency virus related parotid lymphoepithelial cysts

E Meyer, D E Lubbe, J J Fagan
Journal of Laryngology and Otology 2009, 123 (4): 422-5

OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to determine the effectiveness of alcohol sclerotherapy in patients with human immunodeficiency virus related salivary gland disease.

STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study investigating the effectiveness of alcohol as a sclerosing agent.

SETTING: Tertiary referral hospital.

PATIENTS: Eleven human immunodeficiency virus positive patients with benign lymphoepithelial cysts were included in the study, from July 2005 to September 2006.

INTERVENTIONS: Alcohol sclerotherapy was performed under local anaesthesia, with alcohol infiltrated into the benign lymphoepithelial cysts.

RESULTS: Alcohol injection sclerotherapy proved to be an effective, simple, cheap, ambulatory procedure for patients who did not qualify for antiretroviral treatment.

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