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Physical Exam for Mononucleosis

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If your doctor thinks you might have mono, he or she will do a physical exam that includes:

  • Taking your temperature to see if you have a fever.
  • Feeling the lymph nodes in your neck, under your arms, and in your groin area to see if they are swollen.
  • Examining your throat to see if your tonsils are swollen or if they are covered with white patches or pus.
  • Feeling the upper part of your abdomen to see if your spleen or liver is enlarged.
  • Examining your skin to see if you have a rash with raised patches or bumps. This rash, which is not an allergic reaction, occurs in many people who have mono if they are taking certain antibiotics.

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By Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
Last Revised July 22, 2013

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