Korean J Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2006 Aug;49(8):862-865.

Two Cases of Mumps Involving Only Submandibular Glands

  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. twinwifegirl@daum.net


Mumps virus infections usually involve the parotid glands. It usually spreads from a human reservoir by airborne droplet of infected saliva. Therefore, early proper diagnosis and isolation of patients can help to inhibit dissemination of the disease. Diagnosis of mumps virus infection is mainly dependent on clinical inspection, palpation of the parotid and laboratory tests, because most mumps virus infections involve the parotid gland. Isolated submandibular gland involvement in mumps is rare and presents diagnostic challenge. We report unusual consecutive cases of mumps virus infections in two patients who were brothers, for whom bilateral submandibular glands were found to be involved paring parotid glands. These cases instruct us not to exclude mumps virus infection even in isolated uni/bilateral submandibular gland swelling.


Mumps; Submandibular gland
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