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Imaging Findings of “Anesthesia Mumps” (Acute Postoperative Sialadenitis) After General Anesthesia

Quinn, Marie E. MD; Quinn, Timothy D.M. MD; Mian, Asim Z. MD; Sakai, Osamu MD, PhD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: November/December 2012 - Volume 36 - Issue 6 - p 745–748
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e318268ec47
Neuroradiology

We present a rare case of acute postoperative sialadenitis or “anesthesia mumps” necessitating emergent intubation in a 16-year-old girl after biopsy of a brainstem mass under general anesthesia. Postoperative computed tomography of the brain demonstrated extensive right-sided facial swelling, parotid gland enlargement, and pharyngeal edema extending to the parapharyngeal space, soft palate, and uvula with significant narrowing of the airway. To our knowledge, this entity has not been previously described in the radiologic literature.

From the *Department of Radiology, Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine; †Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School Affiliate; and ‡Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA.

Received for publication June 29, 2012; accepted July 9, 2012.

Reprints: Marie E. Quinn, MD, Department of Radiology, Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, 820 Harrison Ave, 3rd Floor, FGH Building, Boston, MA 02118 (e-mail: marie.quinn@bmc.org).

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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