A case of mumps conjunctivitis: detection of the virus RNA by nested PCR in tear sample

Scand J Infect Dis. 2004;36(9):697-700. doi: 10.1080/00365540410022648.


Mumps is a disease caused by a virus that can infect many parts of the body, especially the parotid salivary glands. A case of epidemic parotitis in an adult female affected by bilateral conjunctivitis is presented. Mumps virus was detected in tear samples by reverse transcription nested polymerase chain reaction (RT-n-PCR). The conjunctivitis resolved completely within 11 d.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use
  • Conjunctivitis / diagnosis*
  • Conjunctivitis / drug therapy
  • Conjunctivitis / virology
  • Electrophoresis, Agar Gel
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Mumps virus / isolation & purification*
  • RNA, Viral / analysis
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Tears / virology
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antiviral Agents
  • RNA, Viral