Infectious mononucleosis, also known as glandular fever or ‘mono’, is a viral infection. Because it mostly affects young adults aged 15 to 24 and is spread through saliva, it is often referred to as the ‘kissing disease’. Symptoms of mononucleosis can include:
- Extreme tiredness
- Swollen glands in the neck
- High temperature of 38 degrees centigrade and above
- Sore throat
Mononucleosis usually poses no serious threat to health, but it can last for several weeks. Anyone diagnosed is contagious for at least two weeks. If you think you may be infected, visit your GP, who will usually ask about your symptoms and carry out a physical exam; they may also recommend a blood test. There is no cure for mononucleosis although painkillers can be used to reduce a high fever and ease pain. Fatigue can often persist, lasting for up to six months. Failure to diagnose mononucleosis could mean that complications (which are rare) could have serious consequences. Complications could include:
- Breathing difficulties due to swollen tonsils
- Secondary infection of the nervous system or brain
- Ruptured spleen
Pregnant women may also be referred for tests to rule out other conditions if they present with symptoms of mononucleosis.
Have you been affected negligent medical treatment?
If your doctor has failed to diagnose your condition properly and provide you with the necessary treatment, you may not only be feeling frustrated, you could also be suffering as a result. Failure to diagnose any medical condition could lead to a worse prognosis and cause patients to need more time off work to recover, affecting their quality of life. If this has happened to you, the good news is that you may be able to claim compensation, if it can be proven that your treatment was negligent.
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Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown