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April 1963

Acute Suppurative Parotitis: Twenty-Eight Cases at a County Hospital

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Wayne County General Hosnital.

Arch Surg. 1963;86(4):659-663. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1963.01310100143023

Brodie in 1834 described acute suppurative parotitis and distinguished it from mumps. Robinson in 1955 called this a vanishing disease.2 Krippaehne in 1962 reviewed 161 cases over a period of 20 years and found the disease more prominent again.3 This paper confirms Krippaehne's findings in acute suppurative parotitis. Namely, the disease is becoming more frequent in older aged persons with multiple illnesses; the mortality is high but not hopeless.

Twenty-eight patients with acute suppurative parotitis were treated at Wayne County General Hospital between January, 1958, and January, 1962. Sixty-four per cent of the parotid glands were improved at the time of discharge or death from other causes.

Age of Patient  The ages of patients are given in Table 1. Seventy-five percent of the patients are 70 years or older.Infections elsewhere were present in 11(35%) of the cases. Only two (6%) of the cases had no associated illness.