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March 1958

Acute Suppurative Dacryoadenitis as a Sequel to Mumps

Author Affiliations

From the University of Washington School of Medicine and King County Hospital.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;59(3):350-351. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940040056006

Acute dacryoadenitis is a relatively rare condition usually caused by the mumps virus. According to Duke-Elder1 the dacryoadenitis of mumps is always bilateral and nonsuppurative. The case we are presenting is somewhat unusual in that the dacryoadenitis occurred as the symptoms of mumps were subsiding and it was unilateral and suppurative. Duke-Elder1 feels that suppurative dacryoadenitis occurs only with systemic infection, presumably bacterial. In this patient there was no positive systemic finding except a positive complement-fixation test to the virus of mumps.

Report of a Case  A 6-year-old Negro boy was admitted to King County Hospital, Seattle, Nov. 7, 1955. The chief complaint was of an increasing pain, tenderness, and swelling of the lateral portion of the left upper eye lid for three days.Two weeks prior to admission the patient had been sent home from school, where the incidence of mumps had been high, with malaise, nausea,

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