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Clin Sports Med. 2004 Jul;23(3):485-97, xi.

Infectious mononucleosis: return to play.

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Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1900 East Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21205-2113, USA.


Infectious mononucleosis most commonly affects adolescents and young adults with a febrile illness accompanied by pharyngitis,lymph node enlargement, and transient fatigue. The diagnosis is usually confirmed with demonstration of heterophile antibodies. Typical signs and symptoms are reviewed, along with pitfalls in diagnosis and management. The rare complication of splenic rupture serves to focus recommendations for returning athletes to strenuous physical activities. Because careful prospective studies of infectious mononucleosis in athletes are lacking, review of available literature suggests that clinicians may recommend a return to all sports in those without spleen enlargement 4 weeks after the onset of illness.

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