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What is acute parotitis?

Acute parotitis is inflammation of the parotid glands. The parotid gland is above the jaw and in front of the ear. This gland is one of several that make saliva. Swelling and pain of the parotid gland may be caused by viral infection, such as mumps. Sometimes there can be swelling, narrowing or even blockage of the duct of the gland that leads to parotitis.

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