Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Matt A. Morgan et al.

Mumps is a (usually) self-limited viral infection that often occurs in epidemics among children. Its incidence has markedly diminished in countries with childhood vaccination programs, but can still be seen in patients who have not received vaccinations or who have waning immunity.

Patients often present with nonspecific viral symptoms of fever, myalgias, and malaise. More specific features include facial swelling (parotitis) in 95% and/or testicular pain (orchitis).

Serum IgM antibody testing can be used to confirm a case of mumps, if necessary.

Mumps is a single-stranded RNA paramyxovirus 2.

Mumps typically results in classic clinical signs and symptoms, some of which can be supported through radiological features:

The word "mumps" arises from the 1500s, and derived from a word variably used to mean "to grimace" or "to whine".

Article information

rID: 38342
System: Head & Neck
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: mumps parotitis
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