The dangers of mono

Created: 05/06/2014 7:51 PM WHEC.com

It is called the “kissing disease”, but the death of a Texas teen is prompting medical experts to raise awareness about mono and its rare, but potentially serious complications.

The 19-year-old Texas A&M student died just days after being hospitalized and diagnosed with mononucleosis or mono. It’s a disease that a lot of people are exposed to at some time during childhood, with symptoms ranging from fatigue and sore throat to swollen tonsils and headache. It is very rarely fatal, but it can lead to complications more serious than the disease itself.

Dr. Debra Cutler, Kelsey-Seybold pediatric said, “Mononucleosis can affect anything. It can cause hepatitis, gall bladder infections, pneumonia. It can cause inflammation of the heart muscle and acute kidney failure.”

Dr. Louis Papa talked with Lia Lando about how the disease progresses and the warning signs you need to look for if you suspect your child has it.  To see the interview, press play on the video player.

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