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An Official Publication of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists

Year : 2010  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-35
An audit of ranulae occurring with the human immunodeficiency virus infecton

1 Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
2 Department of Dentistry, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya
3 Department of Periodontology, Community and Preventive Dentistry, Nairobi, Kenya
4 Department of Pathology, Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya

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DOI: 10.4103/0973-029X.64312

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Currently, published literature has increasingly projected the ranula as a lesion that may be closely associated with exposure to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In this report, we document 28 patients who presented with ranulae, among whom 19 were HIV infected. In some, this was the only lesion that was the sentinel sign of HIV infection. Most probably, this lesion could be considered as one of the clinical markers of this infection.

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