A 16-month-old boy with infectious mononucleosis, parotitis and Bell's palsy

Acta Paediatr Scand. 1985 Jul;74(4):629-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1985.tb11048.x.


The case of a 16-month-old boy with infectious mononucleosis who developed bilateral parotitis and unilateral Bell's palsy is presented. The diagnosis was confirmed by the development of specific antibodies for various Epstein-Barr virus antigens typical of primary Epstein-Barr virus infection. Serological tests for other viruses were negative. The Bell's palsy subsided within three months, while the clinical signs of infectious mononucleosis and parotitis persisted for three weeks.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Viral / analysis
  • Antigens, Viral / analysis
  • Child, Preschool
  • Facial Paralysis / etiology*
  • Herpesvirus 4, Human / immunology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infectious Mononucleosis / complications*
  • Male
  • Parotitis / etiology*


  • Antibodies, Viral
  • Antigens, Viral