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Mono or leukemia ?

My son (4) was diagnosed with Mono about a month ago, but on his EBV testing it showed he was in the final stages of it and had actually already had it for about 6 weeks. The pediatrician released him to return to normal activities. He ran fever of about 101 - 101.4 complained with headaches, and sore throat, and wanted to be held. He started running temperature again yesterday, and complained with the same syptoms. I am concerned because I was reading on WebMD that a positive testing for mono, could mean leukemia, lymphoma, or other cancer's. It said that the blood test would react the same way with these disease as mono! Should I get him tested for something else?
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replied May 13th, 2008
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When was the first time he developed symptoms of mono?
Toddlers and preschools usually have mild symptoms and can be sick for only a few days.
Blood tests are performed to look for an elevated number of white blood cells (lymphocytes) or abnormal-looking lymphocytes. These blood tests won't confirm mononucleosis, but they may suggest it as a possibility.
Both, leukemia and mononucleosis (and other conditions) are characterized with increased percentage of atypical lymphocytes, but doctors can distinguished atypically changed lymphocytes in mono and leukemia under the microscope.
Also, you have confirmation test (EBV testing) for the cause of your son's condition.
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replied May 13th, 2008
Yes he has tested positive for Mono on an EBV Panel. I was just concerned because all symptoms went away and have been away approximately a month, and he has started complaining about throat and headache, and has ran fever the last three days. So I was worried that it may be something else, because of the time gap between symptoms.
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replied May 15th, 2008
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These symptoms could be recurrent mono symptoms, because, sometimes the disease lingers for a year or so, causing recurrent attacks that gradually become more mild.
Usually, in healthy kids, resolves completely with one attack.
My question is if your son was healthy one before symptoms of mono?

Also, one of the complications of mono is abnormal blood cell production. The virus can suppress the ability of the bone marrow to make blood cells, such as platelets and white blood cells. This can lead to bleeding problems and increased susceptibility to infection, respectively.
I guess, after the mono disease, your son got decreased immunity and increased susceptibility to infection. So, the symptoms he is experiencing now could be caused by other infect, for ex. from adenoviruses that are very frequent in infants and young children and can give the same symptoms as mono.

You can talk with his doctor and ask for some tests about his immune system's status.

Thinking of you and your son!
Well wishes to your son and your family!
Marija
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replied September 18th, 2008
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blood test results from mono and leukemia would NOT be the same. i would recommend getting blood tests done for him. thats really the only way to determine. good luck!
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replied January 28th, 2011
mono/leukemia ? Do they have the same symptoms?
I am just sick with concern...my 17 year old son has had recurrent mono per his physician for over a year now. He has lost 40lbs and looks malnutritous. He has no energy and wants to sleep all the time. He eats and drinks well yet continues to lose weight.
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replied November 24th, 2011
We are dealing with a similar situation.. 18 yr old daughter- had to take her out of college due to tiredness, headaches, swollen glands, severe sore throat.. got mono test.. neg.. 2 weeks later, pain so severe couldn't open mouth, so ER visit with CAT scan showed tonsil abscess which we got taken care of. thought we were on our way to recovery, but here we are again 4 weeks later, swollen glands, headaches, tiredness.. pos mono test this time.. been on steroids almost 2 months. needs tonsils out now but can't get surgery until mono symptoms gone. no appetite..immune system shot.. she does have allergy issues, get migraine headaches, and seem to get sick easily. No one else in family, not even her BF has gotten sick..she does have good days, but her bad days are bad- sleeping 16-18hrs a day.. our ENT doc said she didn't look like the typical mono patient and recomm if not better in 1 mo to see an infectious disease specialist.. i see your post was a while ago.. hope things better for you now..
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replied December 19th, 2011
I would go have him checked out in depth. I know alot of u people who post back to these things are nurses or fellow concerned parents well I'm one of those teenagers who wasn't lucky and was diagnosed with mono twice but it turned out to be leukemia the whole time. I was playing varsity football when I was 16 and just was finishing up the season when I got "mono" it lasted about a month and then somehow I felt reasonably better for about three weeks then it hit me again this time a little worse I couldn't make it to school I was dry heaving about every hour my lymphno glands I'n my neck were huge, I'd wake up each morning and my teeth were black and I couldn't figure out why until I realized it was dried up blood but blood that looked so sick and messed up my mom finally took me to a hospital. They then finally diagnosed me with leukemia. They told me 96 percent of my bone marrow had leukemia in it and that if I didnt respond to chemotherapy I'd be lucky to survive another week. I got lucky and responded to chemo and radiation well I went through 130 weeks of chemo therapy from age 16 to about 18 and a half. I'm now 24 and been in remission for more then 5 years. My point is to get checked out if ur kid is sick don't be scared to get more testing. My cancer could of been caught much earlier, I hope this helps someone it's not always easy for me to explain my story
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replied February 9th, 2011
Hi

A Chicago area oncologist, Robert Schrek, at one time applied the cell culture assay to the field of radiation therapy. He found that patients vary greatly in the susceptibility of their cells to radiation.

One example was that some patients' leukemia (CLL) cells could be destroyed with a mere two roentgens of radiation, while a few patients had cells that could withstand 1,000 roentgens.

Hinkley and Bosanquet of the Bath Cancer Research Unit reported the results of 61 CLL specimens from 40 patients showed profound inter-patient differences in the sensitivity of cells to radiation. Five patient specimens, which were radio-resistant in vitro, were from patients who were also resistant clinically to irradiation. Another patient who responded very well clinically was found to be extremely sensitive in a cell culture assay.
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replied December 31st, 2011
concerned mono...?.
Can someone help my 3 yr old son seems to have no energy, he will sleep 10-12 hrs a nighf, wake up in the morning for about an hr then will go to sleep until dinner time, he has sparatic fevers but no complaints of any pain, could it be mono?...
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replied September 30th, 2012
I have mono againthe 2nd time in 2 years.Chronic sinusitis and just had bilater ear infections and blew a drum when i got the mono again.I have night sweats ,insomnia,my heart feels tacky,i have loose stools and sometimes have pain with bowel movements.last week i had abd pain and bright red blood drip in the toilet from my rectum.i had 2 incomplete gi colon procedure and they were unable to get beyond the area because i wasn cleaned out and thought i was ,passed yellow liquid. Thought i was clean.i also had hep c with my last mono and abd pain.i used to have chonic constipation 3 yrs ago now i can get attacks of loose stool and urgency.they said i have irritable bowel.I alos have swollen glands allot and burning drainage down my throat.my recent test 1 week ago showed mono and low potassium and low calcium.Im extrely exhaused and sob sometimes.help the drs dont seem to be.im going back in this week.Oh Nd i have allot of chronic joint pain and headaches.
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replied October 2nd, 2012
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my son is 3 years old n was diagnosed with mono bout a month.ago..he went back for a follow up and he still has mono but da dr said,it wasnt as bad as,tha,first test that was done...im concern cause now he has painful bumps on his head that ooze with pus,and,blood...got it swab it didnt contain bacteria.i want to know what it is help???
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