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Mumps presenting with unilateral, synchronous parotid and submandibular gland swelling


A previously healthy 22-year-old woman presented with acute, unilateral facial and neck swelling, associated with fever and malaise. She was initially treated with intravenous antibiotics; however, CT imaging showed unilateral, synchronous swelling and inflammation of the parotid and submandibular glands, and a PCR swab from the parotid duct was positive for mumps. She was fully immunised and had no contact in the preceding period with anyone diagnosed with mumps. She responded to supportive management and her symptoms resolved over the course of her admission. Unilateral, synchronous swelling and severe inflammation of both the parotid and submandibular glands in mumps is a very unusual presentation, and not one previously reported in the literature.

  • otolaryngology / ENT
  • ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology

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