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Why does mono only affect the spleen?

Why does mono only affect the spleen?

It doesn't: Mononucleosis is an infection by the epstein-barr virus. The infection is fought off by the body's immune system, composed of white blood cells and other proteins. The spleen is similar to a giant lymph node and will swell up as it fights the virus, as do the neck lymph nodes. The spleen is mentioned because it's location and thin covering makes it vulnerable to trauma and rupture with hemorrhage. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
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Mono (Definition)

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a contagious illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, and enlarged spleen. It is spread via saliva, hence its ...Read more


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Is it possible for your spleen to enlarge as Mono is heading out of your system? It wasn't enlarged before but I'm worried. Is that not how it works?!

Is it possible for your spleen to enlarge as Mono is heading out of your system? It wasn't enlarged before but I'm worried. Is that not how it works?!

Peaks early: With this disorder, you usually see this side effect by the end of the first week of symptoms (which is when they come in for diagnosis) with a gradual decline over the course of the illness. By three weeks in I am seldom ever able to feel an enlarged spleen, even on kids who had it earlier. ...Read more

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Can you get mono if you don't have a spleen?

Can you get mono if you don't have a spleen?

Yes: Mono is a pattern infection responsible for the appearance a mononuclear white cells in excessive numbers.There are several potential germs that cause it, 80% as the E. B. virus. The germ does not care if you have a spleen or not when you get it. ...Read more

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Recovery stage of mono. My blood looks good & my spleen doesn't seem to be enlarged. When can I start lifting? Can it become enlarged in acute stage?

Recovery stage of mono. My blood looks good & my spleen doesn't seem to be enlarged. When can I start lifting? Can it become enlarged in acute stage?

Wait: The spleen is usually enlarged with infectious mononucleosis (barr epstein virus infection). The spleen can rupture if there is trauma to the spleen when it is enlarged. Lifting of course depends on the weight of what you lift. Give your body time to heal and the spleen to return normal size and this may take 3 months. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with mono in july- can my spleen still be hurting?

Was diagnosed with mono in july- can my spleen still be hurting?

Possibly: I never fail to be amazed by how long mononucleosis (mono) can take to fully resolved. I always loosely think of it taking about a semester for college students to fully recover. In general the younger you are the faster. If your left side is still very sore it may be worth checking with your doctor to make sure is really your spleen that hurts or even consider an ultrasound. ...Read more

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My son is 6 years old and 3 monthes ago he got the mono.and till now his spleen is verry enlarged ?is it normal?

My son is 6 years old and 3 monthes ago he got the mono.and till now his spleen is verry enlarged ?is it normal?

Infectious mono: Sometimes Spleen can remain enlarged for long time . Avoid contact sports and lifting heavy weights . ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with mono again and have been told my spleen is enlarged. I was wanting to know is it a bad sign if my ULQ is silently painful ?

Enlarged spleen: An enlarged spleen from mono can certainly be painful and would be a good reason to rest . The left upper quadrant or LUQ, is certainly where the spleen hangs out. This type of discomfort should be checked out by your doctor, however. As soon as possible. Definitely do not exercise when this is going on. ...Read more

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Should u go skiing if ur spleen is inlarged and u have mono?

Not a good idea: When you have an enlarged spleen, it is possible for it to rupture (break open) if you hit something. That can be dangerous and make you need emergency surgery. Spleens can be different sizes, but generally the bigger, the worse the risk from being hit. Also, people with mono are often too tired to enjoy or do well with skiing. Put off your skiing several weeks. ...Read more

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Smoking during mono effect on spleen?

Don't recommend: I don't know the exact effect. But the spleen is working overtime with a major infection. You could develop spleenomegaly. Why tax your system even further? I would strongly recommend against it. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Mononucleosis (Definition)

Glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis, or just "mono") is an illness caused by infection with the Epstein-Barr virus. The infection may feature fever, sore throat, fatigue, and swollen lymph ...Read more