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October 1956


Author Affiliations

U. S. Army

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;98(4):525-528. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250280127017

OF THE commonly encountered acute infectious diseases, perhaps none is more protean in its manifestations and potentialities than mumps. Although usually this disease is clinically a benign infection confined to the salivary glands, it may on occasion attack the gonads, pancreas, nervous system, mammary glands, heart, labyrinth, eyes, kidneys, prostrate, thyroid, thymus, or intestinal glands,* singly or in combination, sometimes in the absence of demonstrable parotid involvement. The invasive possibilities of this versatile virus would seem to be almost limitless, and it has been appropriately termed a pantropic agent.

Recently a patient was observed who developed an acute hepatitis, ostensibly due to the mumps virus, in the course of a typical attack of mumps, and in view of the rarity of this complication the case will be reported in detail.

Report of a Case  The patient, a 35-year-old white officer, was admitted to the Communicable Disease Section of the 320th