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Most people recover from mononucleosis (mono) without any
complications. But there are many possible complications of mono. These
Other complications of mono can occur but are very rare.
While it is not a complication specific to mono, a serious
disease known as
Reye syndrome can develop if you give aspirin to
a person younger than 20 to treat symptoms of mono.
Aspirin should not be used to treat symptoms of mono. Other medicines, such as acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol) or ibuprofen (for example, Advil) can help relieve fever and pain caused by
mono. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
Even if you have a complication of mono, it is likely
that you will recover completely.
Levin MJ, Weinberg A (2012). Infections: Viral and rickettsial. In WW Hay Jr et al., eds., Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Pediatrics, 21st ed., pp. 1177–1219. New York: McGraw-Hill.
American Academy of Pediatrics (2012). Epstein-Barr virus infections (infectious mononucleosis). In LK Pickering et al., eds., Red Book: 2012 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 29th ed., pp. 318–321. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
Other Works Consulted
Levin M, et al. (2014). Infections: Viral and
rickettsial. In WW Hay Jr et al., eds., Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Pediatrics, 22nd ed., pp. 1227–1270. New York: McGraw-Hill.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerCaroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine
Current as ofMarch 3, 2017
Current as of:
March 3, 2017
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine
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