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March 1971

Transient Cortical Blindness and Cerebellar Ataxia Associated With Mumps

Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Kan
From the Ecological Investigations Program, Center for Disease Control, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, Public Health Service, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Kansas City, Kan. Dr. Davis is now with the Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. Dr. Harms is now in private practice, Overland Park, Kan.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;85(3):366-368. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.00990050368024

Visual impairment is an unusual complication of mumps and may be secondary to pathological conditions In several places along the optic pathway. Cortical blindness, however, is an extremely rare complication. A 25-year-old woman suddenly developed meningitis, cortical blindness, and cerebellar ataxia during an acute episode of parotitis associated with rise in mumps neutralizing antibodies. The patient recovered completely with only supportive care in six days.

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