How is lymphadenopathy distinguished from 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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Any or all chains may be enlarged in individuals with EBV infectious mononucleosis. Lymphadenopathy is always bilateral and symmetrical in all patients, including those presenting with generalized adenopathy. Bilateral posterior cervical adenopathy is most highly suggestive of EBV infectious mononucleosis.


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