Mono is a highly contagious virus that causes sore throat, swollen glands (typically posterior cervical lymph nodes), fatigue, +/- fever. Mono is spread through saliva and oral secretions such as sneezing/coughing. Mono will affect 50-70% of high school students by the time they reach college. This is a major reason you do not typically hear of collegiate or professional athletes sitting out due to Mono. This is a major issue with high school athletes. Please make sure your athletes are not putting their mouth on the water bottles or fountains. Please ensure all water bottles, treatment table surfaces are cleaned and wiped down daily. The incubation period for Mono is 30-50 days. There is a "mono spot" test in the office that can be performed. It MAY detect Mono if the "viral load" is high enough in the blood to detect. If the athlete tests negative with the "Mono Spot" in office, but symptoms have only been for a couple days, the "viral load" in the blood may not be high enough to detect the virus. Therefore, a blood draw, sent to the lab for a "Viral Capsid Antigen" IgG & IgM test should be performed to ensure there is no Mono. The major concern for Mono is the potential devastating injury to the spleen. The Mono virus causes the spleen to be enlarged and has the greatest risk for injury during the first 3 weeks of the infection. Athletes should be removed from lifting weights, exertion, and obvious contact sports during this time. Patient should be re-evaluated to ensure their are symptom free with no enlarged spleen prior to return to play.
Please read this consensus statement from the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine in reference to Mono.
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