Complications of Mumps
Español: Complicaciones de las paperas
Mumps is best known for the swelling of the cheeks and jaw that it causes, which is a result of swelling of the salivary glands. People who show symptoms usually recover after a week or two, but mumps can occasionally cause serious complications.
The most common complication is inflammation of the testicles (orchitis) in males who have reached puberty; rarely does this lead to fertility problems.
Other rare complications include:
- Inflammation of the brain and/or tissue covering the brain and spinal cord (encephalitis/meningitis)
- Inflammation of the ovaries (oophoritis) and/or breasts (mastitis) in females who have reached puberty
- Mumps: Information for Parents [2 pages]
- Clinical description of the complications of mumps
What complications can be caused by mumps?
- Mumps: Questions and Answers [4 pages]
Ready-to-print version of one of the CDC-reviewed Q&A materials located on Immunization Action Coalition's website (www.vaccineinformation.org).
- Page last reviewed: November 12, 2009
- Page last updated: November 12, 2013
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