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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
See your doctor: Speak with your doctor and consider an ultrasound of the spleen. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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