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Teenage kicks: splenic rupture secondary following infectious mononucleosis


A 16-year-old man was brought to the emergency department by his father with apparent alcohol intoxication. While in the department, it was noted that the patient had ongoing tachycardia, hypotension and abdominal pain. His recent medical history included a self-resolving illness of fatigue, muscle aches and sore throat. A CT scan of his abdomen revealed an enlarged spleen with a splenic infarct and rupture, likely secondary to infectious mononucleosis. The patient was treated conservatively for 12 days.

  • trauma
  • infectious diseases
  • general surgery

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