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Sept9 posted about painful lymph nodes..since have fatigue, glands still up. hard painless lump behind ear. epstein virus test positive. what is it?

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Mononucleosis: Classic description of the viral illness mononucleosis. Contagious by oral contact.Self-limited, but can be chronic.No antimicrobials are needed since this is viral, but secondary streptococcus infection could require treatment. In some cases the spleen can enlarge and even rupture, so limited activity is sometimes recommended. Good luck.

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Last updated Oct 30, 2013

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