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Infectious mononucleosis presenting as near-fatal tracheal obstruction: Timely intervention is crucial


1 Department of General Medicine, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Pathology, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Ear Nose Throat, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

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Sunil Kumar,
Department of General Medicine, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jgid.jgid_38_22

Infectious mononucleosis (IM) caused by Epstein‒Barr virus is a self-limiting condition and usually carries a benign course. It is usually seen in adolescents and young adults. However, complications can occur in a small percentage of patients such as splenic rupture, myocarditis, and meningitis. Tracheal obstruction as a result of IM is extremely rare. In this case report, we highlighted a rare complication of nearly fatal tracheal obstruction in a young patient of IM that was managed timely by emergency tracheostomy.


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