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Should I talk to my doctor about my mumps symptoms?

You should talk to a medical professional if you think you have mumps. Mumps can cause dangerous complications. Complications do not occur often, but when they do, they can become life-threatening, especially for adults. The complications of mumps include encephalitis and meningitis in adults or children, although children usually recover without a problem. Other complications may include pancreatitis, swelling of organs like the liver, heart, or kidneys, paralysis of facial muscles, hearing loss, inflammation of the breats or ovaries, and orchitis (testicular inflammation, which is very painful and can lead to infertility). 

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