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5 Year Old Death - Mononucleosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 8, 2008
  • 03:03 AM

In May of '07 my 5 year old grandson died. He had been in the emergency room 1 1/2 days prior to death and was treated for strep throat, was sent home with antibiotic and tylenol with codiene. He showed some improvement the night before he died. He died in the middle of the night.

It took 9 months for us to received the cause of death from the State Medical Examiner's Office. The cause of death was Airway Obstuction due to Infectious Mononucleosis.

Mononucleosis in small children is very rare.

Hopefully by sharing this information others will be spared that pain that my family has suffered. Even though it is rare for a child of 5 to have mono, you can still be extra dilligent in asking about airway obstruction.

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  • Thank you for posting this, My 3 year old son was brought to the ER and was diagnosed with a severe case of mono and strep throat and ended up having to stay a week in the hospital and with a tonsillectomy while we were there due to him having difficult breathing at night(aka-airway obstruction -his oxygen dropped to the 70's). I now see that his doctors we're wonderful and am thankful to God that I didn't end up in your situation, I think its important for people to know that yes, it is rare for young children to get mono seriously but its not impossible.
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  • In May of '07 my 5 year old grandson died. He had been in the emergency room 1 1/2 days prior to death and was treated for strep throat, was sent home with antibiotic and tylenol with codiene. He showed some improvement the night before he died. He died in the middle of the night. It took 9 months for us to received the cause of death from the State Medical Examiner's Office. The cause of death was Airway Obstuction due to Infectious Mononucleosis. Mononucleosis in small children is very rare. Hopefully by sharing this information others will be spared that pain that my family has suffered. Even though it is rare for a child of 5 to have mono, you can still be extra dilligent in asking about airway obstruction.Hi, I am so sorry to hear about your grandson. My eight year old son was hospitalized back in November for aspiration pneumonia when things started to turn from bad to worse. His throat was paralyzed and half of his face. He had a feeding tube until January of this year. We almost lost him. They tested him for everything they could think of and they only thing that showed up in his system was mono. They think that the virus attacked his nervous system. He is still having a lot of problems with his health at this point, but he made it through the roughest parts we hope. We are very blessed by God to still have him today. I'm so sorry that you lost your grandson. A lot of people don't realize what some "simple" viruses can do.Denise
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