- Clinical syndrome usually caused by Epstein Barr virus (EBV).
- Characterised by fever, pharyngitis, lymphadenopathy, and atypical lymphocytosis, in older children and young adults.
- Often sub-clinical in young children.
- Positive heterophile antibody test and serological test for antibodies against EBV are usually diagnostic.
- Rare but potentially life-threatening complications include severe upper airway obstruction, splenic rupture, fulminant hepatitis, encephalitis, severe thrombocytopenia, and haemolytic anaemia.
- Treatment is usually symptomatic.
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