How are aphthous ulcers diagnosed in early symptomatic HIV infection?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: Robert J Carpenter, DO, AAHIVS, FACP; Chief Editor: John Bartlett, MD  more...
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Aphthous ulcers are diagnosed clinically. Examination of biopsy tissue reveals nonspecific inflammation and is not diagnostic. The primary role for biopsy is when aphthous ulcers are difficult to distinguish from herpes simplex virus (HSV) lesions. See Aphthous Stomatitis for more details.


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