2008 Volume 51 Issue 1 Pages 49-51
We report a case of mumps who presented with laryngeal edema. The patient was a 23-year-old woman who visited a nearby hospital with complaints of pyrexia, neck swelling and dyspnea. She was referred to our hospital with a diagnosis of laryngeal edema. Because fiberoptic laryngoscopy revealed marked laryngeal edema, along with the clinical findings of swelling of the parotid glands and submandibular glands on both sides, we suspected that the patient was suffering from mumps associated with laryngeal edema. The patient was hospitalized and started on treatment with intravenous steroids and epinephrine inhalation. Since the laryngeal edema improved with these treatments, tracheotomy was not necessitated. The diagnosis of mumps was confirmed by the elevated serum antibody titers. There have been very few reports of mumps associated with laryngeal edema. However, it is essential to examine the airway by fiberoptic laryngoscopy in cases of mumps with swelling of the submandibular glands.