What is the presentation of pharyngitis in Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infectious mononucleosis (mono)?

Updated: Sep 20, 2018
  • Author: Burke A Cunha, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Pharyngitis is one of the cardinal manifestations of EBV infectious mononucleosis. Exudative pharyngitis may resemble streptococcal pharyngitis. Patients with EBV mononucleosis may present with a pseudomembrane resembling Corynebacterium haemolyticum or Corynebacterium diphtheriae. However, these infections do not have the associated findings that comprise the infectious mononucleosis syndrome and should present no diagnostic difficulties.


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