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December 1961

Diabetes Insipidus Following Clinical Mumps

Author Affiliations

Calvin W. Woodruff, M.D., Dept. of Pediatrics, American University Hospital, American University of Beirut.; From the Department of Pediatrics, American University of Beirut.

Am J Dis Child. 1961;102(6):865-867. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.02080010867009

Diabetes insipidus may be produced by many causative factors1,3 including encephalitis, due to rubeola, varicella, pertussis, scarlet fever, diphtheria, influenza, and following vaccination. However, we have found only one case report in which diabetes insipidus followed mumps encephalitis.4 The purpose of this paper is to present an additional case in which diabetes insipidus was preceded by clinical mumps.

Report of Case  A 7-year-old Syrian male child was admitted to the Pediatric Service of the American University Hospital, Beirut, on Sept. 30, 1960, because of polydipsia, polyuria, and enuresis of 6 months' duration. Four days prior to the onset of his symptoms, he developed bilateral parotid swelling, fever of 38 C, and mild headache. As the swelling subsided, he was noted to have excessive thirst and a tremendous daily urine output. A few days later, 3 siblings of the patient developed "mumps." One month later, a doctor was consulted,

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