3D-FLAIR magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of mumps deafness

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2006 Dec;70(12):2115-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2006.07.025. Epub 2006 Sep 15.


A 6-year-old boy suffered acute profound right side deafness after his classmates had mumps. Although his salivary glands were not swollen, he had high levels of anti-mumps IgM and IgG antibodies. The three-dimensional fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (3D-FLAIR) procedure applied to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed high signals in the right cochlea and vestibule. This indicated hemorrhage or a high concentration of protein in the right inner ear. This is the first case demonstrating a high 3D-FLAIR MRI signal of the inner ear in a patient with mumps deafness. Our findings suggest that 3D-FLAIR MRI may help to identify and define labyrinthitis in mumps deafness.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Hearing Loss, Sudden / diagnosis
  • Hearing Loss, Sudden / pathology*
  • Hearing Loss, Sudden / virology*
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / blood
  • Immunoglobulin M / blood
  • Labyrinthitis / diagnosis
  • Labyrinthitis / pathology
  • Labyrinthitis / virology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Mumps / blood
  • Mumps / complications*


  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Immunoglobulin M