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Deafness After Mumps More Common Than Thought

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

New research out shows that mumps-related hearing loss in children may be 20 times more common than previously suggested.

“Deafness is rare but important complication of mumps virus infection,” the researchers from Japan’s Hashimoto Pediatric Clinic in Osaka wrote in a report in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

The researchers determined the incidence of sudden hearing loss in children with mumps based upon a population-based office survey of more than 7,500 patients from 40 pediatric practices in Japan, a country where mumps is constantly present.

Among 7400 children who took hearing tests after the onset of mumps, seven or 0.1 percent had confirmed hearing loss. Hearing loss in the seven children was confined to one ear but was “severe and did not improve over time,” the researchers note.

None of the 7 children with mump-related hearing loss had been vaccinated against the mumps.

In a commentary on the Japanese report, Dr. Stanley A. Plotkin from the University of Pennsylvania, Doylestown, highlights the lack of universal mumps vaccination in Japan. The absence of vaccination against mumps is “surprising for a developed country,” Plotkin wrote, “and this regrettable policy must be changed for the sake of Japanese children.”

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