The ENT manifestations of HIV infection in children

P. J. Hadfield, M. A. Birchall, V. Novelli, C. M. Bailey

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This study identified the ENT symptoms of 66 HIV infected children over an 8 year period (1986-1993) at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. The incidence, nature and age of onset of ENT symptoms were investigated; 91% of the children had ENT symptoms, the most common being cervical lymphadenopathy, oro-oesophageal candidiasis and otitis media. The HIV infected children suffered from the common ENT diseases of childhood. They also presented with specific conditions such as diffuse parotid swelling. Therefore, their clinical features differed from HIV infected adults as well as non-infected children. An increasing incidence of paediatric HIV infection was demonstrated by the study. Most were due to vertical transmission. ENT surgeons are likely to see more HIV infected children in future, either with the usual ENT diseases of childhood (to which they seem more susceptible) or with HIV-specific conditions. Although the diagnosis of HIV may be known, the ENT condition could be the initial presentation suggestive of immunodeficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Otolaryngology and Allied Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • AIDS
  • Candidiasis
  • Cervical lymphadenopathy
  • Children
  • ENT
  • HIV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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