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      Oral manifestations in 45 HIV-positive children from Northern Thailand.

      Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine

      Candidiasis, Oral, complications, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Glossitis, Benign Migratory, HIV Infections, Humans, Infant, Leukoplakia, Hairy, Male, Mouth Diseases, Stomatitis, Herpetic, Thailand

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          Forty-five Northern Thai children with HIV infection or AIDS were examined for oral manifestations. Of these children, 51.1% (n=23) were asymptomatic (category N), 48.9% were mildly, moderately or severely symptomatic (category A, B, C) and 48.9% (n=22) revealed oral lesions. Eleven patients (24.4%) showed one oral lesion, eight (17.8%) had two and three (6.6%) had three oral lesions. Erythematous candidiasis was the most common lesion (17.8%). Oral hairy leukoplakia was seen in 6.7% (n=3). Geographic tongue, not usually considered to be associated with HIV infection, was seen in 6.7% (n=3). Only 15 patients (33.3%) received antiretroviral therapy (ART). Comparison of patients with or without ART did not show differences in the prevalence of oral lesions. More studies in Thai HIV-infected children are needed to reveal the prevalence of oral manifestations, as well as for the predictive value of the most common or specific oral manifestations.

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