When should I call my doctor if I have mononucleosis (MONO)?

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Mononucleosis, also called mono or the kissing disease, is a virus that is spread from person to person through saliva. Its symptoms can last for several weeks, and include fever, lasting fatigue, a sore throat and swollen glands. It usually affects teens and young adults, and is not usually serious. But call your doctor when you first notice signs of mono, to get the correct diagnosis and treatment. Even if you've already seen your doctor for mono, you should get medical care right away if you have any pain or feelings of fullness in the upper left side of your stomach area (abdomen). This can be a sign of a swollen spleen, a rare but serious complication of mono. Signs of liver problems, like jaundice, are more rare, but should also be examined by a doctor.

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