Risk of Ruptured Spleen Following a Mononucleosis Infection
Mononucleosis (mono) may cause an enlarged
spleen. The enlarged spleen may rupture if you are hit in
the abdomen or lift something heavy. A ruptured spleen is
serious and requires immediate surgery to correct.
To reduce the risk of having a ruptured
spleen, avoid heavy lifting or contact sports for 4 weeks after you become ill
with mono or until your doctor says it is safe.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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