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What are the complications of mono?

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People rarely die from mono. But some complications of mono can be life threatening. One complication of mono is a ruptured spleen. Seek medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms of a ruptured spleen:

Other rare complications are:

  • Sharp pain in the upper left side of your belly near the ribs
  • Confusion
  • Fainting or feeling light-headed
  • Brain infections such as encephalitis or meningitis
  • Liver swelling
  • Swelling of the testes in boys (orchitis)

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Mononucleosis."

American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children: "Mononucleosis."

CDC: "Epstein-Barr Virus and Infectious Mononucleosis."

The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook for Patients and Caregivers: "Epstein-Barr Virus Infection."

KidsHealth.org: "Reye syndrome" and "Expert Answers On..."

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 10, 2019

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Mononucleosis."

American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children: "Mononucleosis."

CDC: "Epstein-Barr Virus and Infectious Mononucleosis."

The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook for Patients and Caregivers: "Epstein-Barr Virus Infection."

KidsHealth.org: "Reye syndrome" and "Expert Answers On..."

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 10, 2019

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