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What are some complications of mononucleosis?

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If you develop complications from mononucleosis, they can be serious. One problem that can happen is an enlarged spleen. If it becomes severe, your spleen can rupture and cause a sudden, sharp pain on the left side of your upper abdomen. If you have pain like this, it’s an emergency. Get medical care right away because you may need surgery.

Mono can also cause complications that affect your liver, including hepatitis or jaundice. It’s less likely, but mono can also cause problems with your heart and nervous system, and anemia.

You’re more likely to develop serious complications from mono if your immune system is compromised because of an illness like HIV/AIDS or because you take certain medications.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Mononucleosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Mononucleosis.”

KidsHealth.org: “Mononucleosis.”

CDC: “About Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV).”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Mononucleosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Mononucleosis.”

KidsHealth.org: “Mononucleosis.”

CDC: “About Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV).”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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