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Question: MONO AND LOW PLATLETS in my 19 year old PLEASE HELP

 capricekid - Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:40 pm

Hello my son is 19 years old and the doc said he has Mono AKA Epstein Barr virus. He has been very tired, has a back ache and had a headache that lasted for days but has gone away. His back still hurts. He says his throat only hurts in the morning and his nodes are not really swollen. His blood results are as follows

WBC Low 3.4
RBC 4.73 within range
Platlets LOW 109
MONO Positive AB
Band 3.0 within range
BEG LOW 38.0
LYMPH i can not read clearly but with range

EBV acute infection antobodies results 1451 HIGH
EBV ab igo 667 HIGH

I am worried about the low Platlet and the Low WBC.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:38 pm

User avatar Hi Lizzy,

It is very common for viral infections to cause the WBC and platelet count to drop some. The reason is that viruses cause some suppression of the production of these cells by the bone marrow.

Your son's levels are only slightly low and are not at a dangerous level. I suspect that they will be back up in the next few weeks.

From your description it sounds like your son is experiencing a very typical course for mono, which can continue to cause fatigue and symptoms for weeks.

Best wishes.


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