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The role of ultrasound in the management and diagnosis of infectious mononucleosis

  • Author(s): Farukhi, SN
  • Fox, JC
  • et al.
Abstract

Currently, infectious mononucleosis (IM) is a clinically diagnosed condition. According to the American Family Physician criteria for IM, splenomegaly is the key factor that distinguishes IM from other causes of sore throat. Though heterophile antibody tests are often ordered to confirm diagnosis of IM, this test has a high false-negative rate early in the course of the disease. This case report provides an example of how the use of ultrasound to diagnose splenomegaly and subsequently mononucleosis increases diagnostic accuracy. © 2014 Farukhi and Fox.

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