Infectious mononucleosis hepatitis in young adults: Two case reports

Min Jung Kang, Tae Hun Kim, Ki Nam Shim, Sung Ae Jung, Min Sun Cho, Kwon Yoo, Kyu Won Chung

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Abstract

Infectious mononucleosis due to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection sometimes causes acute hepatitis, which is usually self-limiting with mildly elevated transaminases, but rarely with jaundice. Primary EBV infection in children is usually asymptomatic, but in a small number of healthy individuals, typically young adults, EBV infection results in a clinical syndrome of infectious mononucleosis with hepatitis, with typical symptoms of fever, pharyngitis, lymphadenopathy, and hepatosplenomegaly. EBV is rather uncommonly confirmed as an etiologic agent of acute hepatitis in adults. Here, we report two cases: the first case with acute hepatitis secondary to infectious mononucleosis and a second case, with acute hepatitis secondary to infectious mononucleosis concomitantly infected with hepatitis A. Both cases involved young adults presenting with fever, pharyngitis, lymphadenopathy, hepatosplenomegaly, and atypical lymphocytosis confirmed by serologic tests, liver biopsy and electron microscopic study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-387
Number of pages7
JournalKorean Journal of Internal Medicine
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Epstein-barr virus
  • Infectious mononucleosis

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