Mono turns fatal for one student

HOUSTON, Texas (KPRC) – Doctors are warning that mononucleosis, more commonly known as “mono” or “the kissing disease” can lead to complications more serious than the disease itself following the death of a Texas college student.

19-year-old Texas A&M student Christy Crow died just days after being diagnosed and hospitalized.

“Death is very rare for mononucleosis so I was surprised to hear about it,” says pediatrician Dr. Debra Cutler.

Symptoms can include fatigue, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes or tonsils, headache, skin rash, and a soft, swollen spleen.

“Mononucleosis can affect anything. It can cause hepatitis, gall bladder infections, pneumonia. It can cause inflammation of the heart muscle, acute kidney failure,” Dr. Cutler warns.

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