Encephalomyelitis following mumps

Spinal Cord. 2005 Jul;43(7):441-4. doi: 10.1038/sj.sc.3101735.


Study design: A case report with review of literature since 1961.

Setting: Departments of Neurology and Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, Zonguldak, Turkey.

Method: A 22-year-old male patient diagnosed and treated as mumps encephalomyelitis is described. The clinical findings of the patient and the difficulties in differential diagnosis are discussed with the help of previously reported eight adult cases.

Results: Increased T2 signals in the spinal cord from C4 to C6 and T5 to T10 were seen by magnetic resonance imaging. This was the largest spinal involvement in the reported mumps cases. He was treated with supportive therapy oral steroids and early rehabilitation. On the sixth month, his neurological examination revealed bilateral 2/5 paresis in lower extremities.

Conclusion: Encephalomyelitis following mumps is an uncommon but serious event in adults.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Encephalitis, Viral / diagnosis*
  • Encephalitis, Viral / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mumps / complications*
  • Mumps / diagnosis*