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.