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What problems could mumps cause in my child?

Although rare, mumps can cause other serious types of problems.

  • Teenage boys and adult men can get orchitis, which is an inflammation of the testes (the male sex organs).
  • Mumps can affect the pancreas or in girls, the breasts or ovaries (female sex organs).
  • Deafness, usually permanent.
  • It can also cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord).

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