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A 28-year-old female asked:

Are mucoceles a sign of hiv infection. i did an oraquick hiv test about 5 months after incidident but keep getting these fluid filled bumps in mouth.

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Mucocele: Mucocele are tiny bluish colored sacs located on the floor of the mouth under the tongue that are filled with fluid. They are not generally harmful but can cause discomfort and stress on the person inflicted with it. It does not require serious medical attention as it usually resolves spontaneously within 3 to 6 weeks.It is usually caused due to obstruction or rupture of a salivary gland duct.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
No: Mucoceles are saliva glands that are blocked or damaged. They often present as a slow swelling that is filled with fluid and can last months. Eventually they resolve and can reoccur. See an oral surgeon for treatment. Often a biopsy procedure will be required to remove the mass.
Dr. Janelle Ferber-Stumpf
Dentistry 39 years experience
Not Likely: Mucoceles are the result of small salivary ducts becoming blocked. When that happens, saliva builds up behind the blockage and forms a fluid filled bump. Trauma to the mucus membrane is the common cause for the blockage. It is not diagnostic for HIV infection. While these bumps may be annoying , they do resolve on their own with time.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Unrelated: Mucocoeles are unrelated to HIV infection directly, particularly acute infection. Although the oraquick test is reasonable, if you want to be certain get an elisa antibody test with confirmatory back-up. Be safe, not sorry.
Last updated Sep 14, 2018


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