Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Tammy | 2009-06-15

Q.

swollen glands

my daughter 8 has swollen glands on her neck, she had glandula fever 2 years ago and since then when ever she is tired or stressed her glands swell, they are very painfull I want to have more investigation done please tell me what kind of specialist to go to

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Glandular fever is also known as infectious mononucleosis and is caused by a virus called the Ebstein Barr virus or EBV. EBV is so-called 'slow virus' and may persist in the body for a long time. This may be the reason why your daughter still feels tired and gets episodess of swollen glands in her neck. As it is now 2 years since the original infection which is longer than usual for symptoms of glandular fever to persist it is important for her to be seen by a doctor. It would be best if she is seen by a paediatrician who will do all the necessary tests.

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